Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today a three-year, $20 million dollar investment plan to support the development of PlayStation Network exclusive games across its network of first-party studios as well as financial support for the Pub Fund, a unique program for independent developers.
The Pub Fund was originally announced at the Game Developers Conference in 2009, providing an additional development budget for developers who create innovative, exclusive titles for PlayStation Network. SCEA helps with game design and marketing plans but allows the developer to own the game’s intellectual property, publish the title and set the price. The first game developed and released under this model was Burn, Zombie, Burn!,
“PlayStation Network is poised to deliver an enviable line-up of exclusive and imaginative games this year, with highly anticipated first-party titles like thatgamecompany’s Journey and PixelJunk Sidescroller,” said Brandon Stander, director of PlayStation Network marketing, SCEA. “We’re doubling down on PlayStation Network software, and under this additional investment over the next three years, we anticipate a steady flow of high-quality titles that can’t be found anywhere else.”
Upcoming PlayStation Network exclusive titles that are a part of this innovative portfolio include, Eufloria, Okabu, PayDay and Papo & Yo.
Its create to see Sony’s continued support for innovative titles on its network, hopefully this will act as an inspiration to other publishers also.