Sony has announced a new program that will highlight and support indie titles that release on PlayStation consoles.
Shuhei Yoshida, Head of PlayStation Indies, SIE, has announced the PlayStation Indies initiative on the PlayStation Blog. According to the post, the goal of the initiative is to support the best of the best indie games releasing on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The goal is to make PlayStation the best place to develop, find, and play great indie titles.
"The indie community is increasingly important for the future of the video game industry, as AAA game development has grown so financially demanding that big companies are finding it harder to take risks to invest in new concepts that may or may not work," Yoshida stated. "We trust indie developers with strong vision will continue to bring ideas that have never been tried before, creating whole new genres of games and advancing the art and meaning of video games. PlayStation has always embraced games with completely new concepts, like PaRappa the Rapper, Katamari Damacy, LittleBigPlanet, and Journey, and we look forward to seeing what surprising new ideas will come next!"
It was also announced that a new indie title will be released on the PlayStation Now service every month. The first game to be featured will be Hello Neighbor, which will come to PlayStation Now in July. Yoshida did state to look out for monthly PS Now posts for more information.
Nine new indie games were announced as a part of the PlayStation Indies initiative, and will be released on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The nine games can be seen below:
- Worms Rumble (PS4 and PS5)
- Haven (PS4 and PS5)
- Carto (PS4)
- Recompile (PS5)
- Where the Heart Is (PS4)
- Maquette (PS4)
- F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch (PS4)
- Heavenly Bodies (PS4 and PS5)
- Creaks (PS4)