Speaking at the Game Developers Conference today in America, Sony announced it will be launching a new scheme to encourage the growth of the PlayStation network, called the Pub Fund.
The Pub Fund will see Sony committing to match the development budget of any self-published game on the PlayStation Network in exchange for platform exclusivity. It's not been clarified whether these self-published titles under the Pub Fund will be exempt from the current bandwidth fees
that charges developers 16 cents per gigabyte downloaded.
"It's all very well for us as platform holders to say 'put all your money into PlayStation Network, it's a fantastic idea', but are we prepared to put or money where our mouth is? The answer is yes,
" Chris Eden, Sony's development relations manager, said at GDC today according to GI.biz
"We're looking for a number of great games, and in return for exclusivity we'll match your development budget with guaranteed royalties,
" he said.
Sony were also keen to point out that the ownership of the IP and total control of the games still belongs with the developer; Sony is merely trying to encourage growth on PSN.
Kind of flies in the face of Sony's previous "we don't pay for exclusives
" stance, but if it means more independent titles on PSN then that's nothing but good news in our books. Let us know your thoughts in the forums