Sony Sinks $20 Million Into Exclusive PlayStation Network Games

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Not content to run a downloadable games service where players have to wait weeks for repairs in order to play titles already out on Xbox Live Arcade, Sony Computer Entertainment America commits $20 million over three years towards the development of more excellent PlayStation Network exclusive games.

Teasing aside, the PlayStation Network has been a hotbed of amazing exclusive titles, from Q-Games' PixelJunk series and Thatgamecompany's Flow and Flower. Sony has accomplished its mission of delivering unique games to PlayStation 3 owners, and now it just wants to keep up the trend.

To that end SCEA has invested $20 million towards the development of new PSN games over the next three years. The money will go towards its first-party studios, as well as financing via the Pub Fund program, which provides development monies towards independent game development, as it did with Doublesix's 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."

Games being produced under this new initiative include the ambient bio-mechanical space exploration game Eufloria, action-puzzler Okabu, crime simulator Payday: The Heist, and colorful puzzle platformer Papo & Yo.

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Wait, wasn't it Microsoft people were always snarling (yes, snarling) about? Gobbling up poor, innocent indie devs by the handful? Did they seriously believe that Sony wasn't doing the same thing. Mind you, it's a business venture and I have absolutely nothing against either company doing this. I just had to chuckle when people honestly thought MS was the only one guilty of buying off exclusives.