Sony “going hard”, “really in to win”, says Blacklight developer

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:12 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony is determined to win the next console generation, according to one recently-announced PlayStation 4 developer.

Zombie Studios boss and creative director Jared Gerritzen told Destructoid that Sony was “very, very proactive” about setting up the relationship which led to yesterday’s announce of Blacklight: Retribution for PlayStation 4.

“I think Sony is really in to win this one. I’m good friends with a lot of guys at Microsoft, I’m under their NDA flag, and Microsoft definitely has a different outlook than Sony does,” he said.

“Sony, like they say ‘Yeah, PlayStation 3 wasn’t what we wanted it to be in comparison in the arms race.’ So now they’re going hard, man. It’s pretty cool, on all points. I think that it will be really interesting to see what Xbox fires back with. It’ll be an awesome E3. Sony is just like, ‘GO! GO! GO! Let’s make this hardcore! Let’s get all these devs in and let’s make it as good as we can.'”

Gerritzen said Sony is trying to give independent developers support, rather than just giving them the green light and taking the rest of the afternoon off.

“They could have just been like, ‘Yeah, put it on the PlayStation 4. Cool.’ But they’re sending us kits, they’re sending us everything, they’re pulling us into PR groups, they’re setting up these events for us, and it’s just awesome,” he said.

“Considering the game’s been out, most publishers had been ‘yeah we don’t understand cause the game’s already out so whatever.’ But [Sony’s] been really awesome. ‘Yeah let’s get this, here you can talk to these guys, let’s introduce you.’ It’s been really, really cool.”

Sony announced a swathe of new indie games yesterday. The PlayStation 4 is expected in the 2013 holiday season.