Thu, Jul 25, 2013 | 13:37 BST
Sony to host quarterly independent developer events at its London office
Sony plans to host quarterly independent developer events at its London offices which will be open to the entire development community.
Speaking with Develop, SCEE senior account manger Agostino Simonetta said the events could start in September, but details and exact days still need to be finalized.
“You know we do these things very regularly with all our partners, but with the indie community, it is so vast and they are spread out, that it is hard for me to go and work with developer days in the Middle East,” said Simonetta.
“So while we do these things, we want to make sure it is that on a regular basis. With the great success we are having actually of indie developers registering, we are seeing incredible numbers of new companies coming to the platform. There is a real sense that PS4 – and Vita as well, PS3 still has a long life – that this is a great opportunity for them to come back to console.
“We are really accelerating and changing the way we approach this. So before was more of a narrow cast, now there is a real opportunity for us to go what I call broadcast – a lot more visibility to be able to answer the questions.”
The development events will discuss how PSN is performing, the install base, and offer the latest updates on PS3, PS4 and Vita.
Simonetta said the number of indies registering for development on Sony systems is unprecedented.
“I can tell you I have been there for four years, and one of my colleagues has been in third-party relations for ten years, and we’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “And this is not just PS4, it applies to Vita and PS3 as well.”
While the events are targeted at European developers, indies from other regions are welcome to attend as well.