Sony flaunts strong indie games support for PS4

E3 press conference yields eight indie titles making console debut on PlayStation

During its E3 press conference on Monday, Sony reaffirmed its dedication to delivering smaller, unique gaming experiences to the PS4.

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Adam Boyes, vice president of third-party relations at SCEA, appeared on stage during the event to evangelise Sony's efforts to connect with indie developers.

"You've all seen some impressive blockbusters coming to the PS4 in the near future, but as a platform cultivating a wide variety of experiences is critical to our DNA," said Boyes.

"We absolutely love scouring the earth for the most creative and innovative developers."

Boyes went on to introduce a number of indie games making their console debuts on PS4. The list included Transistor, the next game from Bastion developer Supergiant Games; Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve; Tribute Games' Mercenary Kings; Octodad: Dadliest Catch from Young Horses, a studio comprised of DePaul University graduates and Switchblade Monkeys' Secret Ponchos.

Other titles include Ragtag Studios' Ray's The Dead on the PS4; Red Barrel's Outlast; from Oddworld: New N' Tasty from Oddworld Inhabitants; Galak-Z from 17-bit Games.

Boyes continued to say Sony is giving studios the freedom to self-publish and hopes to develop "the worlds best indie games portfolio across all PlayStation platforms" using this strategy.

"Our vision is crystal clear: to continue to lead the console space as the most open and inclusive platform for developers, while providing gamers with an endless variety of beautiful, challenging and fantastic experiences."

Sony has confirmed the PlayStation 4 release date will fall in the Christmas 2013 period in Europe and North America. The console will cost 399 USD / Euros or £349 GBP, Sony has announced.

Sony has provided a complete list of indie games and studios supporting PS4, PS3 and PS Vita:

  • Don't Starve - Klei
  • Galak-Z - 17-bit
  • Mercenary Kings - Tribute Games
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch - Young Horses
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'n' Tasty - Oddworld Inhabitants (Also coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita)
  • Outlast - Red Barrels
  • Ray's the Dead - Ragtag Studio
  • Secret Ponchos - Switchblade Monkeys
  • Transistor - Supergiant Games
  • 1001 Spikes (Nicalis) - PS Vita
  • Blacklight: Retribution (Zombie) - PS4
  • Contrast (Compulsion Games) - PS4, PS3
  • Deathmatch Village (Bloober Team) - PS Vita
  • Divekick (Iron Galaxy) -PS3, PS Vita
  • Dragon Fantasy Book II (Muteki) - PS Vita, PS3
  • FieldRunners 2 (Subatomic) - PS Vita
  • Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims (Dakko Dakko) - PS Vita
  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Ibb and Obb (Sparpweed) - PS3
  • Kickbeat (Zen Studios) - PS Vita
  • Limbo(Playdead) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Lone Survivor (Curve Studios) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Luftrausers (Devolver Digital) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Men's Room Mayhem (Ripstone) - PS Vita
  • OlliOlli (Rolling Media) PS Vita, PS3
  • Pinball Arcade (Farsight) - PS4
  • Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (Gaijin Games) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Spelunky (Mossmouth) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Sportsfriends (Die Gute Fabrik) - PS3
  • Splice (Cipher Prime) - PS3
  • Stealth Inc. (Curve Studios) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Stick it to the Man (Ripstone) - PS Vita, PS3
  • Velocity Ultra(FuturLab) - PS Vita
  • Warframe (Digital Extremes) - PS4