The lights are on
Sony's indie parade keeps on marching with the announcement of two more titles coming soon to the PlayStation Network. Both are coming to PS3, with one definitely making the leap to the Vita thanks to cross-buy support.
Ethan: Meteor Hunter from Seaven Studio is a 2.5-dimensional puzzle platformer. Players take on the role of rodent hero Ethan who has been bestowed the power to freeze time and manipulate his environment. The title is confirmed for a late summer 2013 release for PS3. A Vita version is under consideration.
The other title is Curve Studios' first-person exploration title Proteus (Indiecade 2011 winner for best audio, Amaze 2012 most amazing game winner). Curve designed the title to be enjoyed multiple times, as players are unable to see everything in a single run before the four-season cycle completes.
Additionally, the island's landscape is different each time thanks to procedural generation. Curve has made the music of Proteus a critical part of the experience, giving each element on the island its own aural identity. You'll be able to experience Proteus for yourself this fall.
[Source: PlayStation Blog (1), (2)]
Our TakeSony has made good on its commitment to the indie community and gamers who gravitate toward these unique experiences. I don't believe the Vita can survive on small-studio games alone long term. Until the PlayStation 4 arrives though (with Vita remote play available for nearly every title), these fantastic experiences keep pulling me back to Sony's handheld. As a piece of the overall strategy, creating a library of memorable, small-studio experiences is a perfect complement to big-budget franchises… assuming the latter actually happens at some point.