Today, Sony has formally announced PlayStation Indies. It's what Shuhei Yoshida has been working on since he left his previous post as president of Worldwide Studios. In his new role as Head of Indies Initiative for PlayStation, everyone's favourite executive has been looking after the industry's little guys, culminating in this new program.
Yoshida says the aim with PlayStation Indies is to "spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation and the entire indie community as a whole". He hopes for the platform to become the "best place to develop, find, and play great indie games".
The initiative will see Sony nurture original games and ideas, as it's done throughout its history. We're already seeing the company embracing smaller, more experimental games; the PS5 reveal event was full of indie titles, as Shu points out.
As part of PlayStation Indies, one new indie game will make its way onto PS Now each month, and it begins with Hello Neighbor coming to the service in July.
It's good to hear the company speak so highly of indies, as there was some concern not too long ago that the company didn't care about them any more. Between this and the number of indies present when unveiling the PS5, we're confident Sony is backing them in a big way going forward.