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Shuhei Yoshida Doesn’t Understand The Negativity Towards Indies
Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, expressed his confusion over the negativity that is generated towards smaller, downloadable titles in a new interview with GamesIndustry International. Sony has been extremely supportive towards independent studios since the PlayStation 4’s announcement back in February 2014, and Yoshida hopes to continue that trend moving on.
“I hear complaints [about the lack of AAA games]. I do realise that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games,” he said. “I don’t really understand those people. I don’t know if they’ve tried some of the indie games and decided they’re not interested. Maybe they haven’t even tried.”
Yoshida also briefly mentioned that not every PS Plus member downloaded Housemarque’s excellent Resogun. “With Resogun, which we offered for free for a long time on PS Plus, not every PS Plus member downloaded it, and that’s a great, great game. That’s a key question for us.”
He was asked then asked whether or not Sony’s new approach towards indies is due to the lack of AAA games on the PlayStation 4, in which replied, “That’s not why, but that’s the end result of having great indie games as well. Almost every week you see an indie game coming out digitally on PS4. Some of them are really, really interesting, beautiful games,” he says. “We’re fortunate that they’re creating games on PS4, and some of them are choosing to launch their console versions on PlayStation first. It’s fortunate. It really helps.”
Currently, Sony is offering Towerfall: Ascension and Strider as free PS Plus games, both of which are great examples of Sony’s new stance on smaller experiences.