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Sony reveals ‘evolving’ approach to indie devs, wants more ‘art-house’ games

Friday, 7th September 2012 13:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony’s approach to working with independent studios is ever-changing. The publisher has shed light on the way it approaches the projects it likes, and has laid bare its plans for the indie space moving forward.

In a Gamasutra interview, Adam Boyes, vice president of publisher and developer relations for SCEA discussed Sony’s approach to indie games.

Boyes said, “We’re always looking for things that people wouldn’t be able to do normally. Like, really art-house stuff. We really want to feature them, and have an artful platform for people to put content out on.”

“I’m fine with paying $10, $15, $20 for something and realising the creator has put their heart and soul into something,” Boyes added, “If it’s awesome, that’s sort of the first qualifier. If it’s something that really sets itself apart from what else is out there, ‘that’ always stacks higher.”

Shedding light on Sony’s publishing process once it finds a title it likes, Boyes revealed, “So, we find a developer, we find a project, they pitch it to us, we say, ‘Hey, we like it.’ And then we pay them upon completion, advanced against the royalties. Why we really like the model [is] because, basically, once we recoup, we go to the traditional model that they would be getting with their self-publishing.”

What’s your view on Sony’s approach to indies? Do you like the selection of indie games on PSN? Let us know.

Thanks Gamasutra.

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9 Comments

  1. Dragon246

    Yeah Yeah Yeah. Just provide great games like sound shapes and journey and I am happy.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    get all the indies on the psn and away from the pc piracy nest. its the best thing sony have done in ages.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. speedxl01

    That’s a great incentive for indies to publish on PSN, and yes what they have done so far it’s really good I still enjoy Flower from time to time, Journey is amazing etc..

    #3 2 years ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @1 Thanks for the heads up on Sound Shapes I’d never heard of it. Downloaded it and its ace :)

    #4 2 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    Alongside with Gravity rush i will pick sound shapes, when i will be buying my vita this christmas, aside from that theres nothing else i can think of, maybe escape plan, if it has been release at that time.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    @4
    You are welcome.
    @5
    If you wish to buy digital games for vita, I suggest looking at ps blog time to time as they will be announcing a sale near year end.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #6 Dragon call me old school but i prefer physicall games, i will only get digital games, when thats the only available option for getting a game i want, but thanks for the info nontheless really appreciated.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    @7
    Sound shapes and escape plan are digital only. And depending on your country, PSM may be also available before years end providing 50 more digital games.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    #8 Dragon well i will get it digital then, thanks for the tip, i hope i can save some money that way, because this chritsmas i will be picking the Vita and the WiiU, so i need to save the most i can with every purchase.

    #9 2 years ago

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