Sony: Indies Critical to Vita’s Success

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has said that working with smaller independent developers is important for the PlayStation brand, particularly the Vita.

Yoshida noted the impact of  smartphone gaming on the Vita’s development: “the whole development process of Vita was us watching the smartphone and the tablet market grow and blossom,” when speaking to Gamasutra during E3.

“We’ve seen lots of small games sold digitally through the app stores of each device, and that’s something we thought is a great addition to the whole offering of video games to the consumers.”

While core title like LittleBigPlanet, Assassins’s Creed 3: Liberation and Bioshock are all coming to the Vita Yoshida wants to ensure “that small games can also be made, and that we can take care of lots of indie developers and individuals who want to express themselves.”

Many were surprised by how little attention the Vita received during Sony’s press conference though it was announced that there would be a white version of the handheld launching alongside Liberation.