Sony details major indie push at GDC 2013

Tuesday, 26th March 2013 03:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it’s suddenly got very Sony and indie-centric in these parts; the platform holder made multiple announces today, accompanying a GDC showcase of 25 upcoming PS4, PS3, PlayStation Mobile and Vita releases.

Writing on the PlayStation Blog, SCEA vice president of publisher and developer relations Adam Boyes said his team has been significantly expanded over the past year, with the end result of more third-party titles headed to Sony platforms – particularly indies.

Sony hosted an Indie Arcade event at GDC, giving hands-on demos of upcoming indie games, many of which have been announced over the past few days and weeks:

  • Blacklight: Retribution – PlayStation 4
  • Primal Carnage: Genesis – PlayStation 4
  • Ibb & Obb – PlayStation 3
  • Rain – PlayStation 3
  • Sportsfriends (including Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Hokra and Super Pole Riders) – PlayStation 3
  • Divekick – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Dragon Fantasy Book II – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Guacamelee! – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Hotline Miami – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Luftrausers – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Spelunky – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Thomas Was Alone – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
  • Friend Network App – PlayStation Vita
  • Limbo – PlayStation Vita
  • Metrico – PlayStation Vita
  • Velocity Ultra – PlayStation Vita
  • A Virus Named Tom – PlayStation Mobile
  • Beatdown in Treachery City – PlayStation Mobile
  • Crumble – PlayStation Mobile
  • Crystallon – PlayStation Mobile
  • Don’t Wake the Bear – PlayStation Mobile
  • Hermit Crab in Space! – PlayStation Mobile
  • Oh, Deer! – PlayStation Mobile
  • Rymndkapsel – PlayStation Mobile
  • Ten By Eight – PlayStation Mobile

“As you may have noticed, our team is going full steam ahead by not only providing support for developers on our current platforms, but also for those working on next-gen titles. We’re expanding our indie support for PlayStation 4 with games like Primal Carnage: Genesis and Blacklight: Retribution, which will join titles like The Witness to ensure you’ll have great indie game experiences on our next gaming console,” Boyes said.

“This recent influx in developer support for PlayStation has come through our continued effort to create a flexible and developer friendly environment. We’re also focusing on burgeoning platforms like PlayStation Mobile by offering Unity support, coming later this year, to make it easier than ever for developers to bring their games to PlayStation-certified Android devices and PS Vita.”



  1. Dragon246

    Sony is really dropping the bombs. They are in news almost every day now, and for great reasons. I cant wait for all these games on Vita.
    And that isnt even the complete lineup, Lone Survivor, Machnarium, Binding Of Issac, Walking Dead and so much more coming to Vita.

    I am pretty confident that RCR dev endorsement and great vita digital sales is playing a major role in attracting devs to Vita, now only those anemic western hardware sales need to be tackled. A GTA or something big like that would ensure that along with a price drop.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ActionGameKing

    Sony is bringing back that PS2 magic. Interested to see how Microsoft counter-acts.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    A good interview regarding this-

    The battle is heating up. I am also waiting how MS reacts. Give me games, not entertainment bs.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ActionGameKing

    @3 From reading that article, Sony is on the offensive. They are making strong decisions. Xbox is just too quiet right now.

    Does anyone think that rumour of Xbox and EA teaming up for early access to EA games is true? If that’s true, that would be a cheap but strong trump card.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Dragon246

    I am not expecting EA MS deal to be any different than Sony ActiBizz deal, ie. timed exclusives and content. Certainly not every game, since it would not be worth the price.

    I see MS pushing in the entertainment front more, but really, many things will be clear in 2-3 more months. Seems Sony and MS will be heading in different directions.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. fihar

    All the better really, seeing as I was afraid there will be little to differentiate between the two with the hardware moving at the same direction.
    Developer support for the PlayStation has been moving at an exponential rate lately, I’m really happy for them.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    Spelunky + Hotline Miami + Thomas Was Alone. Holy awesome.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OmegaSlayer

    Sony should really try to put its hands on Bastion and Transistor

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    Completely agree. More choices which are different from each other is better.
    If you want mainly games, go PS4 , for complete entertainment package, 720 feels the better package right now.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Sylrissa

    @9 If that’s the case, then PS4 for me this gen it seems, though I am really curious to see what MS has to offer in the coming months. But Sony is really making decisions I’m happy with imo.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    I think the MS/EA tie-in will be related to integration with other services rather than exclusivity or exclusivity periods. At least with sports games. A lot of EA games are tied to specific cycles and big marketing campaigns, so asking them to wait a few months for PS4 releases wouldn’t work very well. However if they had a deal with ESPN for example and integrated things like ESPN Goals into FIFA or real NFL highlights into Madden – that would add a good deal of value for some.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    As impressive as i think Sony are right now attracting the indies developers, i really want to see bigger games come to PS Vita (PS3 And PS4 aren’t a concern right now) that is my only quip. I think Sony are heading back to how they were in PS2 Era like @2 Stated which is what next generation needs.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. redwood

    @dragon MS reacted by killing the XNA :D

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Dragon246

    Yeah, I know that. Even devs are saying MS isn’t too friendly now, not that they were anytime :)
    As Pachter said, they were never in this biz for games, they are building an entertainment machine, not something I am looking forward, but some definitely are.
    I hope PS4 gets the sales so that this games and dev friendly attitude is shown to be the right way.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. redwood

    amen to that!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Telepathic.Geometry

    Hotline Miami, Spelunky, Rain and (by all accounts) Fez coming to PSN = Very very happy TG. ^-^ Any other titles up announced that I should know about? I’d love to see Bastion and Transistor announced as well…

    #16 2 years ago

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