As the war for developer support rages on between Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, the PlayStation maker has admitted that it’s seeing an unprecedented level of interest in its platforms. Speaking with Develop, SCEE account manager Agostino Simonetta noted that after four years in the job, the current surge of studios committing to the brand is unlike anything that’s come before.
"I can tell you that I have been here 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 told the site. “And this is not just for the PlayStation 4, as it applies to the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 3 as well."
The battle for indie support heated up overnight, as Microsoft reversed its stance on self-publishing, and revealed plans to transform retail Xbox One consoles into development kits. However, the Japanese giant has already struck back, confirming that it will be hosting quarterly events at its London offices for developers from all around the world to attend.
“We do these things very regularly with all of our partners, but with the indie community, it's so vast and they are so spread out, that it's hard for me to go and work with developer days in the Middle East,” Simonetta explained. According to Develop, the events could start as soon as September, and will allow studios to obtain updates on all of the PlayStation platforms, as well as discuss the growth of the PlayStation Network.
The whole initiative reflects Sony’s desire to maintain open communication with developers. “We are really accelerating and changing the way that we approach this,” continued Simonetta. “There is a real opportunity for us to go and broadcast – [it gives us] a lot more visibility to be able to answer questions.”
And it’s an area that Microsoft – switcheroo or not – will have to work on. The competitor may have opened up its platform overnight, but the PlayStation maker is still scooping up all of the goodwill when it comes to developer feedback. Worryingly for the Redmond-based firm, that situation won't change overnight – just ask the people at Sony who’ve spent the past five years apologising for the PS3’s shortcomings.