Sony Makes A $20 Million Investment In Exclusive Playstation Network Games

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Time was not so long ago that the XBOX 360 was indisputably the king of downloadable titles. Whilst the nascent PlayStation Store got its share of titles, the majority of the best new downloadable games premiered on the Microsoft console. Lately things have been changing however with more and more titles releasing exclusively to PlayStation such as Dead Nation and the Pixeljunk series.

SCEA wants this to continue and plans to  invest $20 million over the next three years to ensure it does. This fund will be used to support development of downloadable titles across the first party studios as well as contributing towards the ‘pub fund’. No, this isn’t so Sony staff can decamp for a few beverages in the ‘Red Lion’ at the end of a busy week, it is in fact a support fund for independent developers.

This investment is already starting to see dividends as you can see in this list of upcoming PSN exclusive titles:

Payday: The Heist - looking good

• Eufloria is an addictive ambient game of space exploration and conquest, plant growth and bio mechanical evolution, where players can conquer asteroids in deep space and use their resources to literally grow and nurture semi-organic plants and creatures to do your bidding.

• Okabu is a brand-new action-puzzler from the creators of Rolando, where players will guide Kumulo, Nimbe and four cloud-flying heroes as they battle to save their people and their world from the industrialized threat of the Doza. Gamers will dive into a hyper-tactile toybox world filled with a huge number of puzzles, playthings, adorable creatures and devious machines spread across an epic co-op campaign.

• PAYDAY: The Heist is an action-filled first-person shooter game that lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next big score. Players will navigate diverse urban settings with three partners in crime controlled by either AI or in co-op multiplayer and will load out with an array of weaponry and equipment as they embark on a spectacular crime spree through six high-stake heists, including banks robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings.

• Papo & Yo is a vibrant, 3D Puzzle-Platforming Adventure coming to PlayStation Network in 2012. As a young boy named Quico, players will travel through a magical, surrealist world, solving puzzles with the help of a huge creature named Monster who has a dangerous problem: h’es addicted to poisonous frogs. The minute he spies one, hell scarf it down and fly into a violent, frog-induced rage where no one, including his best friend Quico, is safe. Players will have to learn to use Monsters varying emotions to their advantage if they want to find a cure and save their pal.

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Mark Coupe

Mark Coupe

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I'm a UK based gamer, as well as being more obsessed with video games and Doctor Who that any adult has a right to be. I keep telling myself I will grow up one day, but certainly not if I can help it.
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