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High-risk, high-reward: Sony’s play for the indie win

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 14:58 GMT By Nathan Grayson

While other console-makers treat indie developers like second-class citizens, Sony’s making a real push to give exposure to the best out there. But is it enough, or is it too late? Nathan Grayson ventured to Fantastic Arcade in Austin to find out.

Fantastic Arcade 2011

Fantastic Fest is the “largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world”, held in Austin, Texas, in late September.

The Fantastic Arcade, run as a free public showcase as part of the festival, had 20 independent games on show this year.

As the event’s Presenting Sponsor, Sony held several special events throughout the showcase.

The Arcade was curated by IGF chairman, Offworld founder and former games writer Brandon Boyer; Cinemad’s Mike Plante; and Eddo Stern, of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts’s Interactive Media Division.

Other featured games include Fez; Deep Sea; Insanely Twsited Shadow Planet; Owlboy; Octodad; and Skulls of the Shogun.

I almost felt bad for Starhawk during Fantastic Fest, an annual celebration of all things indie that takes place in Austin, Texas at the end of September. Don’t get me wrong: The game is fine. It just looked so… lonely. I’d occasionally throw it a glance from across the bustling Fantastic Arcade, only to see its default attract mode screen displaying a Glowy Eyed Space Marine main character idly tossing a stone up and down, eagerly hoping that some kind soul would finally send him into action.

Honestly, it set the scene all too well. Sony was out in full force, but eerily accurate Nathan Drake models or ill-advised Sackboy cross-promotions were absent. Instead, PlayStation Indies were the focus, with crisscrossing lines excitedly shuffling toward the likes of Journey, Papo & Yo, PixelJunk 4am, Retro/Grade, Eufloria, and Closure.

“It’s so great to have people all dressed up in their Friday night finery come in, have a cocktail, and then turn to their girlfriend and say, ‘Did you see that?’ And she’s playing a different game, like ‘I’m playing with somebody else!’” says Robin Hunicke of thatgamecompany, the makers of Journey.

“And you think, ‘Wow, they’re going to walk away from this and have a discussion about videogames that they were totally not expecting to have.’ And that’s letting the game speak for itself. It’s the best way–in my opinion–to talk about something like Journey.”

This is Sony’s side of Fantastic Arcade in a nutshell. Again, it was an oddly fitting scene. Two things in this world never sleep: gamers and bars. So the Highball in Austin was alive with this perpetual energy, much of which came straight from, well, oddball indie games.

“Sony was more aligned with our sensibilities this year,” Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League told me.

“Last year, it was a bit of a mixed focus between indie and some big titles [Microsoft] wanted to get out there since they were at a gaming event. That just wasn’t a priority for Sony. What they wanted to showcase was a few of their indie projects. We will always be aligned with the indie world. That’s what we’re about as an event.”

Independents’ Day
This indie push from Sony comes at an interesting time, too. Microsoft’s indie games channel seems to be under a near-constant barrage of barbed words from developers and fans, and XBLA proper requires shouting your love for a publisher from the mountaintops–mountains of certification paperwork, that is. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s indie selection is something of a mythical creature. Sony’s not perfect, obviously, but at least with its highly publicized $20 million indie-focused Pub Fund, it’s trying.

“I’m always looking for something challenging,” SCEA Manager of Developer Relations Ted Regulski said.

Pat waxes lyrical on his Journey taster.

“And not challenging in the difficulty sense, but challenging in the sense of a topic, gameplay style, or subject matter that really hasn’t been breached before. Something a traditional third-party publisher would probably shy away from—like, ‘Ehhhh, I don’t know if there’s a market for that.’

“And if we think there could be a market for it, we’re happy to support them, help them get licensed, get them dev kits, and walk them through the process of getting their game on PlayStation. Especially with Pub Fund–that’s really where we’re looking for those challenging new experiences that are unique to the platform.”

Sony’s putting a lot on the line for these folks: time, reputation, and millions of dollars. I can understand, then, why it’d be tempting for Sony to yank the wheel from indie developers’ hands and plot a course for the closest mainstream-friendly payday it can find. But that absolutely isn’t the case.

“We are an officially licensed PlayStation publisher, so we have final say on our game,” says Matt Gilgenbach, the cofounder of Retro/Grade developer 24 Caret Games.

“Unless Sony says, ‘No, there’s no way we want the Retro/Grade sex minigame on our platform’ or whatever, we can put whatever we want in the game. They can recommend ‘Hey, we don’t think this is a good idea’ or ‘We don’t think this is good for our audience,’ but we have final say. It’s really great. No one can tell me to put Lady Gaga music in the game.”

Retro/Grade – shooter rhythm action.

Now For Something Completely Different
Sony’s hands-off approach shows, too. Retro/Grade’s a sidescrolling space shooter… in reverse. The end credits roll backward, the final boss unexplodes, and then you start playing. It’s also, er, a rhythm game with optional Guitar Hero/Rock Band guitar support. It makes a whole lot more sense when you’re saving the universe from yourself, er, yourself, but for now, here’s the takeaway point: You pilot a rocket ship with a freaking guitar.

Journey, meanwhile, is a complete change in direction from Retro/Grade’s rainbow-tossed-in-a-blender explosion of colors and sounds. In a world full of games that start screaming “Hey, listen!” if you stop for more than three seconds, Journey makes a slow, contemplative pace its selling point. You simply wander through a giant, mysterious desert and attempt to uncover its secrets. You don’t fight some sand-caked baddy every step of the way – or ever, for that matter. ADD-riddled button mashers need not apply. But Journey–like most indies–isn’t aiming for the coveted “lowest common denominator.” It assumes that your brain actually wants to do a little heavy lifting.

And then there’s Papo & Yo, which is a wonderfully whimsical metaphor for… a father-son relationship tainted by alcohol abuse. It takes the form of a platform puzzler with a glorious sense of scale. One puzzle saw me lifting cardboard boxes to move entire houses. It was damn cool. Let’s also not forget Closure, which is a minimalistic, monochromatic puzzler that centers on manipulating light in haunting, nearly pitch-black environments. Oh, and there’s also Pixeljunk 4am, which Q-Games enthusiastically admits is barely even a game, positioning it more as a Move-based DJ tool.

Papo & Yo teaser, cued for gameplay footage.

The point is, these aren’t Sony’s games. They are the insanely fearless, fearlessly insane babies of their creators. Sony’s job, meanwhile, is to take care of everything else.

“Sony is great in the support they provide those indie projects,” Q-Games’ Rowan Parker says.

“They help you with testing. They help you with getting through production. If you’ve got any questions on hardware, [they answer them]. So you’ve got this little satellite team of five or six, but you can touch bases with Sony and have this massive network of PR and marketing.

“There’s no catch from the indie’s point-of-view,” Parker fires back when I ask if indies were getting shafted in some other way.

“I mean, if they’ve got a good product or a good game, someone is going to pick them up at some point, right? So from Sony’s point of view, better it’s them than someone else. Of course it’s in Sony’s best interest to have good products on PSN. Better yet, they’re exclusive. If they just let them sit, Xbox or someone else will pick them up.”

Ulterior Motives
To Sony, then, this isn’t a preposterously generous charity. Rather, it’s business. It’s Sony’s high-risk, high-reward route to staying a few steps ahead of the curve.

“At the end of the day, we’re a platform holder,” SCEA’s Regulski candidly says. “We want to sell hardware. That’s why I like Retro/Grade. A reverse shooter that’s really a rhythm game? What? And Closure’s a game about moving light and making a world. That, to me, sounds stunning. Just amazing.

“That’s why we chose those guys. They’re different, a bit more challenging, and something you’re not really going to see anywhere else.”

“That’s why we chose those guys. They’re different, a bit more challenging, and something you’re not really going to see anywhere else.”

Regulski admits that no company is perfect, Sony included–and he ‘fesses up to this multiple times. Sony’s indie program is definitely making its way into success story territory, but there are still a few large stumbling blocks that need to be bulldozed before the indie floodgates can really open.

Foremost, there’s the issue of development difficulty. If other platforms’ innards resemble those of the poor red-nosed chap from Operation, then the PS3 is like maneuvering around an actual human being’s still-beating heart. Depending on whom you talk to, that complexity–both in terms of hardware and certification processes–might even make Xbox or PC better than PS3. And the indie developers I spoke with didn’t outright deny that. Things are, however, improving on that end–even if only by baby steps.

“Well, everyone could do everything better,” Retro/Grade’s Gilgenbach begins.

“If I had to say something–and this criticism isn’t specific to Sony–there’s a huge list of requirements from the platform holder in order to get a game onto a console. I mean, a lot of them are to create consistent experiences and stuff like that. Really, though, when you have a small team, it ends up being a lot of work. I think a lot of indies are going to Steam and iOS as their first choice just because of the low barrier for entry.

“Another thing is that it can be tough to do something at a low price point or free-to-play or you have a lot of updates. The fact that these certification processes are slow and there’s tons to do, I think that limits independent developers. It’d be nice if it were a little more open.”

Indie development is an ongoing process. Like Gilgenbach says, everyone could do everything better. Regulski, though, won’t let setbacks deter him. He’s playing for keeps.

“Moving forward, I definitely would like to have PSN be the place for indie games,” Regulski unflinchingly declares. “At the end of the day, we want to see all these companies succeed.

“And so, by the time they’re releasing their first game, it’s like, ‘OK, let’s talk about the second game and get them rolling on their next thing.’ So it’s about trying to get people knowledgeable about the hardware and get them comfortable with our process. And hopefully by then, they’ll have a nice working relationship with us and we move on to the next project and the next project. Just keep moving forward.”

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4 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    I hope more people start buying games from psn to support these indie developers.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ge0force

    @1: I agree. But Sony should not only help the devs to get their game on PSN, they should also make every ps3-owner aware that the game is there and they should buy it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “While other console-makers treat indie developers like second-class citizens, Sony’s making a real push to give exposure to the best out there. ”

    I don’t understand that. In my opinion that’s where Sony is really lacking at the competition compared to Microsoft.

    I’m really looking forward for Journey, but beyond that there is nothing big coming from indie developers for the PS3. Sure, Sony have really good 2nd, 1st party games, but not much on the indie stuff compared to Microsoft.

    and to be honest, i don’t care. Because 1st, 2nd AAA titles are much more important than indie games for the platform exclusivity. There are hundred of indie games on the PC from newgrounds.com games to the minecraft or Amnesia.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Aimless

    @3 Whilst I agree Sony could do more in terms of visibility, they do highlight games at events like the one described in this article and give space on the PlayStation Blog for developers to talk about their games. They can’t really wave the games in people’s faces like the 360 Dashboard does — or did, with Metro kind of burying things — so there’s only so much you can do to promote them.

    Personally I think PSN games should be talked up during E3 presentations. Sony’s shows are always needlessly long, so cut the padding and show off what’s unique about their online offerings instead.

    #4 3 years ago

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    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]