As far as public relations stunts go, this is a corker: Sony has announced that it will foot the bill for indie developers to exhibit their wares at this year’s Tokyo Game Show – regardless of whether they’re bringing their games to a PlayStation platform or not. The move may seem a bit extravagant for the cash strapped manufacturer, but booths cost up to $1,000 at most, so we’re assuming that this is worth the expense if it means that the firm is able to maintain its strong independent ties.
Teams will need to apply to obtain a slot, but target platforms will not impede a candidate’s chances of being selected. “We don’t care if the game is on a PlayStation platform or not,” said the organisation’s Brad Douglas. “The more indie games, the better. Just bring cool stuff.” So what’s in it for the platform holder – other than a few friendly headlines, of course? Well, we suspect that it stands a better chance of grooming the good stuff seeing as it will have a stake in every developer’s game.
Moreover, the indie scene is pretty anaemic in Japan right now, so getting more studios on board would certainly suit its cause. Titles like Trash Panic and Tokyo Jungle are few and far between, and we’d love to see more. Whether or not this initiative culminates in a greater Eastern presence on the PlayStation Store remains to be seen, but we doubt that it’ll hurt. What do you make of this generous move? Feel free to cover our costs in the comments section below.