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PlayStation 4 boasts 149 third-party partners

Thursday, 21st February 2013 03:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

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.

Avalanche StudiosStrongly tipped to have a Mad Max game in the works for next-gen, as well as Just Cause 3.

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.

BlizzardBringing Diablo 3 to consoles, including PS3 and PS4.

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.

CapcomShowed off Deep Down, a new property headed to PS4, at the PlayStation Meeting.

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.

EADefinitely has Battlefield and FIFA in the works for next-gen.

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.

MilestoneRecently resumed command of the MotoGP franchise.

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.

Quantic DreamShowed off a new PS4 exclusive engine at the PlayStation Meeting and is believed to have a new game in the works.

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.

Spark Unlimited – Lost Planet developer working on the third entry and linked to Onimusha and mysterious Star Wars titles.

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 EnixBasically confirmed a next-generation Final Fantasy today.

Stainless GamesRecently 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.

UbisoftShowed off Watch Dogs today but is almost certain to bring Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed to new platforms.

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 BrosExpected 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.

See our report for full coverage of the PlayStation 4 reveal.

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6 Comments

  1. Bam007

    Where’s THQ? Oh wait….. in all seriousness, I laughed at them not being there, but I also felt a bit of emptiness.

    I wonder if the PS4 will be easier to develop games for compared to the PS3?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CycloneFox

    @1: The easy-ness of developing for PS4 was the main theme of the show. Every 3rd party and sony said how important it is and the the ps4 will do this part right.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. NocturnalB

    I believe that will be one of the biggest contributors to the PS4′s success (if it has any). Being easier to develop for. With x86, i fully expect it to compete healthily with the NextBox this time around, no excuses this time, it’s do or die. I was also really happy that the event was very games-centric in general.

    We didn’t have to hear a load of crap about it being a multimedia machine and all of that mess the Xbox is trying its damnedest to become. Now don’t get me wrong i play Xbox more than i play the PlayStation, but trust me as an Xbox fanboy when i say i am straight up tired of the hipster tiles and Bing, Facebook, and the like. They say “hardcore” console gamers are a minority, but is it a minority to want a games console to be almost solely about games? Why do we need all these video services and internet services? Make it about the games and they will come.

    The day Sony and Microsoft BOTH learn that people are better off leaving social networking/gaming and everything else to their phones and computers is the day console gaming is better off.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Phoenixblight

    @3

    Never going to happen. SOcial networking is here to stay as you can see with PS4 reveal, its their razor. Also if my PS3 didn’t have netflix,amazon, music streaming service. It wouldn’t be getting touched unless I was playing a game.

    Gaming first yes but they should also use streaming and music. I remember when I used the PS2 as my CD player. This is how it will stay. Gaming is not a niche thing there millions upon millions of people that use their system for variety of things not just gaming though that is the main aspect. . All the services make that price seem less painful.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Nam3M3King

    I wonder what Bethesda excuse will be for their game lagging & glitching on ps4

    #5 1 year ago
  6. foofly

    You missed Sumo Digital out on that list. They’re on the image there.

    #6 1 year ago

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