Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | 04:11 GMT
PlayStation 4 boasts 149 third-party partners
Sony boldly claimed to have signed up “almost every major third-party” for the PlayStation 4 during tonight’s reveal. 149 companies have been confirmed as onboard, with the majority listed and detailed through the break.
Sony briefly showed a splash page with a huge number of company logos, which you can check out below, and in press releases following the announcement, listed a total of 149 third-parties. Here’s a brief run down on the ones we’re familiar with; it’s not a complete list.
2K – One half of Take-Two, publishes the 2K Sports franchises as well as Mafia and BioShock.
4A Games – Produced Metro 2033 and the upcoming Metro: Last Light. European publisher Koch Media picked the franchise up after THQ folded.
505 Games – Small European publisher which mainly publishes niche and casual titles but also occasionally signs on treasures overlooked by bigger brands as too risky.
5th Cell – Best known for Scribblenauts but also produced unusual console multiplayer shooter Hybrid.
Activision – Hinted at a Call of Duty reveal for PS this year, but also showcased Bungie’s Destiny, headed to both PS3 and PS4.
Acquire – Japanese developer behind Way of the Samurai, Shinobido and Tenchu.
Arc System Works – Developer of highly technical fighters including BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.
Artdink – Japanese developer responsible for many Gundam and Macross games.
ASCII Media Works – Japanese publisher of Dengeki magazine among others, dabbles in publishing.
Atlus – Developer of the Shin Megami Tensei fracnchise. Believed to be working on Persona 5.
Behaviour Interactive – best know for Naughty Bear but jobs on a huge number of titles.
Bethesda – Probably planning to launch the next Elder Scrolls game on next-generation hardware.
Blitz Games Studios – UK team behind Yoostar and about a million family titles.
Bloober Team – The last remnants of Nibris, which was behind cancelled Wii game Sadness. Currently working on PS3 and Vita MOBA Deathmatch Village.
Bohemia Interactive – Has dropped hints that DayZ Standalone will eventually migrate to consoles; also responsible for military sim ArmA.
Certain Affinity – Founded by a couple of ex-Bungie staffers, but mainly works on ports.
City Interactive – Publisher behind the Sniper: Ghost Warrior series.
CD Projekt – Recently unveiled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, a “next generation” RPG.
Climax – UK developer specialising in licensed action games.
Codemasters Racing – Makes some of the best racing games in the world. Console transitions are particulaly kind to racing.
Crafts & Meister – Japanese developer of niche portable titles including Code Geass.
Criterion Games – EA studio responsible for several well-received Need for Speed games but hoping to bring back Burnout.
Croteam – Serious Sam developer.
Curve Studios – Indie responsible for the marvellous Stealth Bastard and Explodemon.
CyberConnect 2 – Japanese developer beloved of Capcom and Namco Bandai and famed for its lush cell-shaded visuals. Created the .hack/ franchise as well as Asura’s Wrath and makes Naruto games. Is forever hinting at what it’s up to next.
D3 Publisher – Multi-national publisher with Japanese development studios; partially owned by Namco Bandai. Properties include Ben 10 and Earth Defence Force.
Devolver Digital – Publishes the Serious Sam franchise.
Dimps – Jobbing Japanese studio which has had a finger in many, many pies but is best known for recent Sonic games.
Disney – Is very unlikely to not launch Disney Infinity on every platform it can wring a profit from.
Double Fine – Much-loved independent developer of The Cave, Stacking, Brutal Legends and more.
Double Helix games – Jobbing US developer with a game about Dracula’s Jonathan Harker on the back burner.
Drinkbox Studios – Canadian indie responsible for Tales from Space: About a Blob and sequel.
Edge of Reality – Jobbing developer with several ports under its belt, working on an original IP called Loadout.
Farsight Studios – Jobbing US developer.
Fatshark – Swedish developer which produced recent success War of the Roses, but also Lead & Gold: Gangs of the Wild West, which was published for consoles by Paradox.
Flying Wild Hog – Polish indie behind Hard Reset. Originally expected to stick to PC exclusively.
From Software – Makes Armored Core and the Souls series; Dark Souls 2 is coming to current-gen but director Hidetaka Miyazaki is on a top secret project.
Frozenbyte – Finnish indie enjoying success with Trine and its sequel; a third game is likely on the way.
Gaijin Entertainment – Jobbing Russian developer which produced the X-Blades property.
Gaijin Games – Indie developer of the Bit.Trip series.
Ganbarion – Somewhat forgettable Japanese developer rescued by the unexpected popularity of Pandora’s Tower.
Gearbox Software – made some little thing called Borderlands, maybe you’ve heard of it. Also produced Aliens: Colonial Marines; you’ve probably heard of that, too.
Genki – Japanese developer of niche but much-loved racing games.
Grasshopper Manufacture – Developer of No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadows of the Damned, and the upcoming Killer is Dead. Recently purchased by GungHo and making noises about a multiplayer game.
Gust Co. – A Tecmo Koei child greatly adored by fans for its Atelier and Ar Tonelico series.
Hello Games – British developer of Joe Danger.
GungHo – Japanese mobile developer which recently expanded into triple-A by purchasing Grasshopper Manufacture. Makes $2 million per week off a single game.
Idea Factory – Developer of a franchise with a complicated naming scheme; Spectral Souls and Blazing Souls are among its offerings.
Imageepoch – Hardcore JRPG developer.
InXile Entertainment – Carries the legacy of Interplay and seems determined to escape the traditional publishing model after the solid but forgettable Hunted: The Demon’s Forge. Working on Wasteland 2, which as a Unity-engine game can go anywhere, and a sequel to Planescape: Torment called Torment: Tides of Numenera.
Just Add Water – British team responsible for porting Oddworld games to modern platforms. Enjoys a special relationship with Sony. Has confirmed development of PS4 titles.”
Kadokawa Games – Japanese media company which dabbles in publishing and holds transmedia licenses for many gaming properties.
Kalypso Media – Cheerful German publisher of PC-friendly games like Tropico, Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations.
Keen Games – German developer assisting with Sacred 3, which is yet to be fully revealed.
Klei Entertainment – Independent team with an oddly varied portfolio including puzzle game Eets, the amazing N+, Shank and its sequel, the incredible Mark of the Ninja, and the upcoming survival sim Don’t Starve.
Konami – Is no doubt ready to publish Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on any and all platforms.
Lab Zero, Inc – When Reverge Games fired the Skullgirls development team, they incorporated under a new name. Skullgirls 2 will go everywhere it can, I guess.
Level-5 – Best known for the Professor Layton series but made White Knight Chronicles, a kind of MMO-lite for PS3, as well as the stunning No No Kuni.
LucasArts – Makes Star Wars games, obviously. Star Wars 1313 is expected to ship on both generations although nothing has been confirmed.
Lucid Games – The resurrected ashes of racing superstar Bizarre Creations.
Marvelous AQL – Makes Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, but also Deadly Preomition. Hidetaka Suehiro has hinted a new Deadly Premonition game is inbound.
Mediatonic – Made Robot Unicorn Attack and working on Foul Play.
MercuryStream – Spanish developer of the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series. Is moving on to something new.
Namco Bandai – Japanese publisher with strong European and US presence; has forged a strong relationship with From Software.
Nicalis – A frankly charming small developer and publisher which highlights indie games like NightSky, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and Cave Story.
Ninja Theory – Developer of DmC, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, and most notably Heavenly Sword, a PS3 launch title. Is probably not sitting on its hands now that DmC has shipped.
Nippon Ichi – Delightfully oddball Japanese team with a US publishing arm. Best know for Disgaea.
Nixxes – Has ported a lot of games for Square Enix and would probably quite like to make its own game now.
Paradox Interactive – Almost exclusively PC-focused publisher of hardcore strategy and simulation games; flirts with other genres.
Platinum Games – Critically-lauded developer of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Bayonetta, and Vanquish. Can’t make too many games for our tastes.
Rebellion Developments – Struck gold recently with Sniper V2 but has had a rought time of it on consoles elsewhere. See: Neverdead, Aliens vs Predator.
Rockstar – Makes Grand Theft Auto. Seriously. What more do you want? (Update: you want Agent, the PS3-exclusive which was never formally cancelled. Thanks, Jessica.)
Rovio – Finnish mobile developer which produced Angry Birds. Changed the world, kind of.
Saber Interactive – Plucky team with experience alongside 343 Industries; gave it’s all with inversion but fell flat and is working on God Mode.
Sega – Has gazillions of dollars to spend thanks to its non-gaming businesses, and recently picked up Company of Heroes developer Relic Entertainment. Also owns the Creative Assembly, but is probably going to make a Sonic game, let’s be honest.
Slant Six Games – Canadian indie that ought to go back to SOCOM after the disaster of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Was said to be working on something with Microsoft, which presumably isn’t its PS4 project. Has been linked to Star Wars: Battlefront Online.
Sony Online Entertainment – PlayStation stablemate has already made inroads to console MMOs with DC Universe Online.
Spike Chunsoft – Japanese developer and publisher with a wildly varied catalogue; it’s latest western-released effort is Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.
Splash Damage – Modders turned pros responsible for the Enemy Territory games. Leapt onto consoles with the poorly-received Brink, and has a couple of mysterious irons in the fire as well as multiplayer shooter Dirty Bomb.
Square Enix – Basically confirmed a next-generation Final Fantasy today.
Stainless Games – Recently reacquired the rights to its Carmageddon property.
Starbreeze Studios – Makes interesting and divisive shooters such as The Darkness, Syndicate and The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Recently announced Payday 2, and is working Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and the deeply mysterious Storm.
Straight Right – Australian team which produced Mass Effect 3 for Wii U.
SystemSoft – Japanese developer of the White Diamond and Fantasy Knight franchises.
Team 17 – Veteran UK team behind Worms.
TechLand – Developer of Dead Island.
Tecmo Koei – Prolific Japanese publisher; parent of Team Ninja. Key properties include Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden and Dynasty Warriors.
Telltale Games – Made about a gazillion dollars with The Walking Dead last year. Currently working on an adaptation of comic Fables.
Tri-Ace – Divisive JRPG developer of Star Ocean and Resonance of Fate.
Turtle Rock – Working on a next-gen project codenamed or possibly even titled Evolve. Take Two picked it up in THQ’s auction.
Vector Cell – Oh, holy shit. This French team is apparently working on a Flashback remake or reboot.
Vlambeer – Pretty adorable indie behind Super Crate Box, Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, and the best free web game of all time.
Warner Bros – Expected to announce a new Batman game shortly.
Wayforward Technologies – Employs possibly the most accomplished sprite artists in the industry. Think Bloodrayne: Betrayal and A Boy and his Blob, as well as Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Has a couple of unrevealed projects on the go.
Yager – Rose to prominence last year with the interatingly bold Spec Ops: the Line.
Yuke’s – WWE developer recently embraced by 2K after THQ’s collapse. Likely working on a wrestling title for next-gen.
Zombie Studios – The developer of Blacklight, currently working on an awesome-sounding horror title for Unreal Engine 4. Hem hem.