If you have been following the fortunes of Sony Computer Entertainment in recent years then it should come as no surprise to you that the main staple of PlayStyation 4’s diet is to be an incredible 80% of indie titles.
Now, if we are to believe anything that Shuhei Yoshida says regarding the subject matter of indie games, and let’s face it for the past three years has any Sony press conference gone three minutes without mentioning them?, then consumers should be sporting smiles a mile wide right at the moment thanks to the massive influx of indie titles currently flooding the PlayStation Network.
Don’t misunderstand us here, Microsoft are also promoting the said same list of indie games, the main differences are that they are not doing so whilst claiming them to be exclusive, as Sony continually allude to in their spin doctoring press releases, and specifically Microsoft are not using indie game to lead the way as the Xbox One’s flagship events in the latest generation.
Yoshida has gone on record already this year to state that Sony gamers should expect to see less and less AAA titles and that they should expect to see more of the kind of budget titles that SCE Chief Whip Adam Boyes splashes all over whichever T-Shirt he is fashioning across his magnificent moobs.
So, with Sony announcing this week that they have shipped, not sold, 9 million units we ask how long will it be for Yoshida and his cronies before the bubble bursts and gamers see through their tissue of lies?
Surely PlayStation gamers won’t just be happy with playing Uncharted and Killzone cash-cows year in and year out, as Sony ply them with wobbly indie titles in the intervening months between the Bovine Brigade launches like some kind of leering bar fly slipping some Rohypnol into an unsuspecting girls Martini?
Or are they?
According to Yoshida Sony PlayStation owners should ‘grateful’ that they are being ‘treated’ to so many rehashed titles and side-scrolling walks down memory lane. But, if you, like us, cannot see the joy in spending £400 on a next generation console only to see your list of coming titles look like the Top 50 from the App Store then Yoshida says he doesn’t understand you., and what’s more he can’t see why you aren’t happy about the fact that Sony are ripping you off in a desperate bid to recoup their massive 10 billion losses.
But don’t take our word for it, here’s the main man himself on why you guys are dumber than a bag of hammers if all you want to play on your Ps4 are AAA titles:
“Almost every week you see an indie game coming out digitally on PS4. Some of them are really, really interesting, beautiful games,” he said. “We’re fortunate that they’re creating games on PS4, and some of them are choosing to launch their console versions on PlayStation first.”
“I do realise that some people are only interested in big-budget AAA games. 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 continued. “That’s a key question. 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.”
Quite what happened to Sony being the main innovator in videogames is anyone’s guess, although in a whole different article I bet we could have a crack at it, but if this is what Sony are expecting to placate the reputed 9 million Ps4 owners for the next ten years then I think they are in for a rude awakening.
‘Yes’, games are expensive to develop, and ‘yes’ resources and time cost much moolah, but don’t force feed gamers your tired excuses week in and week out because of your own failures as a company to turn a profit. And don’t make us pay for it through the nose with shoddy services, even shoddier business practices and the shoddiest of titles.