There’s no doubt that the PlayStation 4’s audience is changing, and indie developers are finding it harder than ever to ensure their games stand out against both AAA blockbusters and their many contemporaries. This is particularly problematic for new studios, who don’t have a major hit to their name or an existing fanbase yet.
One solution that smart firms have fallen upon is to effectively offer a “cheap” Platinum Trophy, as revealed by Infinite Madaa's Salem Al-Ghanim in an interview with Kotaku. His team released Little Adventure on the Prairie in February, a dismal side-scrolling platformer that plays like p*ss but can net you a spangly silver-blue gong in 20 minutes or less. It’s a cross-buy game so you can actually get two of Sony’s coveted pots for around $1.99.
“A friend of mine suggested to release the game on PS4 and PS Vita and add an easy Platinum to it with a cheap price,” said Al-Ghanim, after he opted to port the game from Android. “This way a lot of people buy it and we would get the funding we need for our next game.” A nefarious scheme perhaps, but a smart one.