Tag: Indies

  • News Indie Devs Are Finding Their Feet with Cheap Platinum Trophies

    "A lot of people will buy it"

    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...

  • E3 2016 EA Unveils New Program To Help Foster Indie Talent

    Indie apologists queue here

    Perhaps the only surprise at EA's E3 press conference this morning was the firm's announcement of a new program to help support independent developers. Titled EA Originals, the plan is a response to the success of Unravel, and aims to foster talented and unique small developers. In a canned

  • Feature 10 Under the Radar PS4 Games to Look Out for in 2016

    Sticking up for the little guy

    Last year, we previewed 25 games that would make 2016 an excellent one for the PlayStation 4, including huge blockbusters like Final Fantasy XV, Mass Effect Andromeda, and The Last Guardian as well as a couple of smaller titles such as Firewatch and The Witness. While it gives a great picture of ju

  • Soapbox Why PS4's Indie Influx Isn't as Bad as You Think

    Sam Brooke reckons you should embrace this imaginitive space

    The new Instant Game Collection for PlayStation Plus has been revealed, and once again it contains many indie games. But many people in the PlayStation Nation (are we still called that? I hope not) are a little miffed about the selection – after all, PlayStation 4 players have to pod out...

  • News Sony Wants to Amplify Indie Scene in Japan

    Bold goals

    Indie games represent a gigantic part of the market in Europe and North America right now, but they're less popular in Japan. We're starting to see developers like Yu Suzuki, Keiji Inafune, and Koji Igarashi break away from big publishers in order to go it alone, but these examples are rare. Speaking at the BitSummit convention in...

  • Feature 15 Awesome PS4, Vita Indie Games That We Haven't Had Time to Tell You About Yet

    Catch up

    Not every indie game is amazing, but we very much appreciate the existence of the space. While this week has proven that blockbuster titles are not going anywhere – Grand Theft Auto V! Far Cry 4! LittleBigPlanet 3! Dragon Age: Inquisition! – we like to think of the smaller content as the palette cleansers that prepare you for your next...

  • News Sony's Done a Great Job with Indies, Says Former Nintendo Man

    Little and large

    Dan Adelman knows a thing or two about indie games. The industry veteran previously spearheaded the launch of Microsoft’s wildly successful Xbox Live Arcade, before switching his attention to Nintendo’s digital push, where he secured a slew of top titles for the House of Mario’s machines, including World of Goo and the...

  • News Sony's Considering a Steam-Style Early Access Program, Says Adam Boyes

    Let the games begin

    It seems that Steam's famous Summer Sales may not be the only thing Sony's thinking about borrowing from the digital download service. In a recent interview, SCEA big-wig Adam Boyes suggested that the firm may be adopting an early access program. If implemented, it would allow studios to release unfinished games for purchase as a...

  • News Former Last Guardian Staffers Show Off Open-World Adventure Vane

    Former Battlefield and Killzone developers involved, too

    Two former The Last Guardian artists have splintered away from Team ICO and co-founded a new studio called Friend & Foe, and the company's first game looks a bit like a cross between Journey and Shadow of the Col

  • News Sony Wants PlayStation 4 to Be the Perfect Place for Indies

    So do we

    Sony's unflinching commitment to indie games on the PlayStation 4 is undoubtedly one of the ways that the firm has managed to so successfully capture the hearts, minds, and wallets of gamers worldwide. With a whole host of titles already adorning the console's storefront, and a bunch m

  • News The PS Vita Could Be Getting A Game About The Holocaust

    Luc Bernard's Imagination is the Only Escape has caught Sony's eye

    "I find modern war games to be highly distasteful," says games designer Luc Bernard, the man behind the PS Minis title Mecho Wars. "They teach players to kill, but not understand anything about why they're killing." Bernard is hoping to change that with his next game, Imagination is...

  • News So, Sony's Still Not Done with That Whole Indie Thing

    More savings than you can shake a Move controller at

    As the sun sets on one PlayStation Network promotion, the moon is rising on another. Just a week after the conclusion of the PlayStation Play initiative, the platform holder has announced PS Vita Summer Select – a month long celebration of delicious indie gaming goodness. Best of all, it means...

  • News Sony's Secret to Indie Success: Don't Be a Jerk

    Wise words

    Sony has the indie development community eating out of its hand like a hedgehog hovering over a plateful of mealworms. The platform holder has turned its third-party relations around, assembling a dream team of taste-makers who have become the focal point of the brand. And during that transition, the company has learned some important...

  • News Unprecedented Number of Developers Working on PS4, PS3, and Vita

    "We've never seen anything like this"

    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...

  • News Sony's Loaning PS4 Development Kits to Indie Studios for Free

    Keeping costs down

    Microsoft’s latest Xbox One-Eighty has changed the conversation yet again. Overnight, the firm confirmed that it will allow self-publishing on its next generation platform within the system’s first year on the market. That puts the console in line with the PlayStation 4, but the Redmond-based organisation’s trump card is...

  • News Sony Santa Monica Partners with Honeyslug for Indie Hit Hohokum

    Twirling onto PS3, PS4, and Vita

    Sony Santa Monica may be best known for the God of War games, but the studio has also played a pivotal role in some of PlayStation’s biggest indie hits. For those out of the loop, the company helped thatgamecompany realise its vision for Journey, and it even set aside floor space for Giant Sparrow to finish off...