PlayStation 4: indie trend “going to accelerate”, says system architect

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 10 July 2013 23:15 GMT

The PlayStation 4 will foster the indie-friendly trends established by the PlayStation 3, according to lead architect Mark Cerny.

“We’ve had some very successful indie development on PlayStation 3. Titles such as Journey and Flower, the PixelJunk series – all built internally, plus quite a bit coming from the third-parties. I see it that on PlayStation 4, these trends are going to accelerate,” Cerny said in an interview conducted at Develop Conference in Brighton.

“I think the hardware is in place to make that happen. I think we now finally have the proper business structure to really support indie development. And the PlayStation 4 overall user experience is also set up very well for indie; you can share screenshots and videos of the games and elevate their visibility within the gaming community quite easily.”

Cerny received a lifetime achievement award from the IGDA and was inducted into the Develop hall of fame, but has rocketed into consumer consciousness as the front man for PlayStation 4 launch title Knack as well as an intrinsic part of the development of the PlayStation 4. if you’d like to hear more of his thoughts on the industry – and Knack – check out the video below.

The PlayStation 4 is due to launch before the end of the year.

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Mark Cerny