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Tim Schafer's Double Fine Already Exploring PS4's Features

Posted by Sammy Barker

Developer was directly approached by Sony

With platform holder Sony aggressively approaching indie studios for the PlayStation 4, it won’t come as much of a surprise to many of you that the company has already contacted Costume Quest and Stacking developer Double Fine. Chatting with Official PlayStation Magazine, gaffer Tim Schafer revealed that the studio is in possession of a development kit for the next generation platform, and has a small team devoted to the system.

“Let me just say we’ve been talking with Sony, can I say that?” he pondered at PAX East. “This is one of the first times where we’ve been approached by a platform holder like Sony and asked, ‘what do you guys want from this new box? We have this new feature, what could you do with it?’ We've already got some guys playing with some of the new features to see what we can do with it.”

Schafer added that the platform holder’s new developer-friendly approach is really working wonders for the company. “It’s not that hard to win over developers because all we want is to be treated with just a little bit of reason,” he continued. “Letting us patch our games when we want to, put our games on sale, and release our games in territories that they should be released in – just doing a few things like that can make a developer very enamoured with you.”

The luminary’s comments appear to be very much consistent with the rest of the industry at the moment, as numerous studios spent the majority of GDC singing Sony’s praises. Seeing as Double Fine has released some of the more interesting games of the generation, we’re already eager to see what the outfit dreams up for the PS4.


User Comments (2)



SkullHydra said:

I am really impressed with how much Sony is trying to make life easier for developers like this. They've been approaching small game developers and indie producers with a genuine interest in helping them get their game published, and I think it's going to really pay off for them.

There are always going to be big budget shooters and the like, but it's the smaller games like Journey, that can be innovative and unique. I think Sony is covering all of their bases, and we as consumers are going to reap the benefits.



Squiggle55 said:

I really love Costume Quest. I'd pay full retail for an updated Costume Quest with a little bit of new content and voice acting. Maybe a few cut scenes.

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