Independent titles provide relevant innovation and investment to new Sony console, says SCE boss.
PS4’s indie support is second to none in the console market and no one understands this better than SCE Worldwide Studios, president, Shuhei Yoshida. “Relations between the larger triple-A games and the indie [games] boom because consumers are always wanting something new,” Yoshida told MCV this week.
It’s the little projects that drive the industry’s creative branching, the Sony president says. “If we are just doing big budget triple-A sequels the industry doesn’t have a very bright future,” he points out. “We need new ideas to be tried out.” This is where Sony’s indie support comes in, because contrary to their blockbuster brethren, independent studio projects do not have the same economical risks.
“Of course the big teams are trying new ideas too, the amount of resources needed and the financial risk is so large that they have to set a certain limit on that. That’s where indies come in,” Yoshida says.
The other advantage indies bring is their speed of production. “Working with indies...well, they are so fast! We cannot anticipate everything because of how fast they move,” Yoshida notes. “The immediacy and the quickness of these teams is incredible -- some of them are just one person. They don’t have to go through all the approvals or presentations we do,” he says. “They just make things. That’s the difference between them and us.”
Sony also aims to provide long term support for smaller studios aspiring to become big budget developers. “Some [studios] will want to grow and try triple-A,” and “if a company is small it has relative control over the destiny of their title. But when they become larger they need someone to fund it, and that’s where they give up some of their freedom,” Yoshida says; which may be the opportunistic point where Sony adds to their internal commonwealth - presently sitting at 14 studios.
Either way, whether we’re talking Hollywood caliber titles or snackable games, PS4 is bringing a little bit of everything to the table; with gamers as the primary benefactors.