According to a report today from VG 24/7, Sony UK managing director Fergal Gara said he believes that indie developers for the next generation of consoles –– PS4, Xbox One –– will fill the void of mid-level publishers and developers that seemed to have disappeared with the trend toward big-budget, triple-A titles.
Gara said he and Sony have seen the “middle ground publishers” fall out of the video game market when game development started to recently trend toward bigger titles
But sometimes creative and innovated developments don’t come from big budgets in the triple-A style, Gara said, and indie developers can make a real impact using the next-gen technology.
“They can develop quickly, easily and economically in a much more entrepreneurial style, and I think what we’ll see is a new middle ground again with great games and experiences,” Gara said. “Some of them will be at low price-points, some of them at medium-to-high price-points, but all of them relatively easy to develop.”
This week Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison said the Xbox One program, which allows for indie developers to use tools provided by Xbox, received hundreds of applications within hours of its unveiling and counts the number in the thousands now.
The PS4 launches on Nov. 15 in North America, Nov. 29 in Europe, and in February in Japan. The Xbox One hits shelves in the U.S. and several –– mostly European –– markets on Nov. 22.