Sony just announced that it will begin hosting quarterly indie developer events their London HQ, starting later this year. A report from Develop reveals that the events will primarily be used to inform indie developers about upcoming changes on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita platforms, while also collecting feedback about the PSN Store.
No start time has been announced, although it is expected to launch in September, and allow developers from around the world to participate, albeit being centered in Europe.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe senior account manager Agostino Simonetta is quoted saying:
“You know we do these things very regularly with all our partners, but with the indie community, it is so vast and they are spread out, that it is hard for me to go and work with developer days in the Middle East. So while we do these things, we want to make sure it is that on a regular basis. With the great success we are having actually of indie developers registering, we are seeing incredible numbers of new companies coming to the platform. There is a real sense that PS4 – and Vita as well, PS3 still has a long life – that this is a great opportunity for them to come back to console.
We are really accelerating and changing the way we approach this. So before was more of a narrow cast, now there is a real opportunity for us to go what I call broadcast – a lot more visibility to be able to answer the questions.”
Simonetta was asked why Sony decided to start this event now, and he explained the huge influx of interest from indie developers warranted recognition.
“I can tell you I have been there for four years, and one of my colleagues has been in third-party relations for ten years, and we’ve never seen anything like this. And this is not just PS4, it applies to Vita and PS3 as well.”