Sony revealed at this week's Gamescom conference, that the PS Vita and upcoming PlayStation 4 will be receiving a plethora of indie titles. These titles, which include The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number and N++, will debut exclusively for Sony's consoles and handheld. In an interview posted today, Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios, spoke with CVG about the sheer number of indie titles coming to Sony's hardware.
He stated that this focus on independent developers may not have been intentional. He attributes the number of titles to the changing market, which has become an easier place for smaller teams to develop and publish their games. He went on to state that larger companies tend to remain conservative with which titles they decide to work on, while smaller studios are able to push out a more unique product. Yoshida also stated that he'd be interested in having Sony's Worldwide Studios work on smaller digital titles in the future.
Yeah, it's not necessarily the focus, but always it's healthy for our developers to try something new – especially the studio has a franchise. Some people work on the same franchise for six years, so it's good that our teams can unleash their creative talent. So we don't limit what the internal guys do, so they can start some smaller projects, but they tend to make big things.
Yoshida also seemed confident that these digital releases are the future of the industry. He commended these developers' genuine love for creating games, stating that it was a healthy approach. It will be interesting to see how these titles fare on the PlayStation 4 after the system launches on November 15th.