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:
• 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.
• 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.