Sony’s considerable efforts to court indies for PS4 and Vita development have happened alongside a grass roots campaign to garner Japanese indies more visibility on the global stage, but the two forces haven’t coincided until recently.

Playism are unable to talk about specific titles heading to Sony platforms as of yet, but recent release Astebreed would seem likely (and welcome)

Playism are unable to talk about specific titles heading to Sony platforms as of yet, but recent release Astebreed would seem likely (and welcome)

Last week, Sony announced that they would cover the booth costs of any indie exhibitor at the Tokyo Game Show this year, which was an encouraging move, but an indie presence is still largely missing from the Japanese PSN store, which has a meager offering in general, and little to nothing from home grown talent with few resources.

This is set to change however, as a partnership between Sony and the indie game localization and marketing team at Osaka based Playism looks to begin bearing fruit. ‘All I can say right now is it is coming, we’re working on it’ remarked Nayan Ramachandran in conversation with us. ‘We just can’t talk about specific titles yet. But there are some really cool indie games we’re working to bring to PS4 and Vita’.

Challenges with establishing an indie presence on console, according to Rachandran, lie within rules that prevent individuals from self publishing on the PSN store, a restriction other territories don’t have. Playism is ‘working with their developers to work as their company, to work as their publisher here.’

Which is all to say that we’ll hopefully have a more diverse offering on the Japanese PSN storefront very soon with any luck, and a wealth of new titles on PS4 and Vita in other territories as well. While you wait, you can hear the entire conversation with Nayan on the latest Kaiju Popcast.

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