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Yoshida: PlayStation 3 Was Scary Because All Games Were Getting Bigger

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Indie movement will result in the right balance on PS4

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that he found the transition to the PlayStation 3 a little frightening, as studios were forced to bulk up in order to meet the demands of high-definition development. Fortunately, he’s a little more excited for the upcoming PlayStation 4, because he believes that there’s going to be a better mix of big and small titles.

“The indie movement is so exciting to me,” he told the PlayStation Blog. “It really reminds me of when we were working on the original PlayStation. Back then, PlayStation really expanded the audience for gaming and brought in a lot of new developers. Lots of unique, interesting games came out of nowhere.”

Yoshida continued: “I feel a similar kind of vibe and passion from those indie people today. I’m so excited this time. It was scary going into the PS3, actually. Everything was going bigger, but this time around it’s a really great combination of big and better games, and smaller, really creative, interesting titles.”

Asked if there’s any indie title in particular that he’s looking forward to, Yoshida responded that Octodad: Dadliest Catch is right at the top of his wishlist. “I’m always a huge fan of Octodad,” he beamed. “I was watching the live demo before the [GamesCom] press conference and I was like, ‘Let me play!’”

Earlier in the year, system architect Mark Cerny revealed that the platform holder hopes to trigger a gaming renaissance courtesy of the PS4’s indie-friendly nature and accessible hardware design. “Heavy content will thrive on the platform,” he said. “But in many ways we will also be returning to the creative freedom and broad content that made the early years of PlayStation so unforgettable.”

The company announced several more indie titles for its various platforms over the weekend during a panel at PAX Prime 2013, including Cosmic Star Heroine and Road Not Taken. Which upcoming indie games are you personally looking forward to? As always, let us know in the comments section below.


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User Comments (7)



odd69 said:

Me, I'm looking forward to FEZ just because i went on phils infamous twitter page i want to help the dude, dont care what others think of that



ShogunRok said:

The "balance" is what intrigues me. With enough indie support, the PS4 might never be short of new releases, and smaller games can easily pad out the time in between big launches.

Plus, it's always nice to have a break from playing through the larger games and keeping things fresh with typically more lighthearted titles.



get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok Yeah, I couldn't agree more. I love the big games as much as everyone else, but it's not to mix that with something a little simper.



Jaz007 said:

Couldn't he bribe give a gift to the Octodad studio to get early acess the game and have his wish come true?



Gamer83 said:

What I'm seeing is about 15 indie games for every one AAA production I can't get on Xbox One. Not exactly what I'd call balance but I'll give Sony the benefit of the doubt that over time PS4 will have the games I'm looking for. Just not for a good, long while. In the meantime, I hope third parties like Ubisoft and Bungie actually do deliver with the PS4 versions of stuff like Watch_Dogs and Destiny.



divinelite said:

I'm excited with resogun and Warframe is yg the first game I want to play in ps4. I don't think they are indie anyway



Zombie_Barioth said:

Yep, same here.
I guess what they say about indie devs taking over the creative side from the past is true, even Yoshida seems to agree.

I'm really hoping that with the shorter development times and this last generation of hardware enduring the industry's growing pains next gen will smooth out the rough spots and put today's echnology to good use.

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