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List of PS4 developers quietly shrinks
List of PS4 developers quietly shrinks
February 25, 2013 | By Mike Rose

February 25, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Days after Gamasutra reported discrepancies in the list of third-party developers and publishers that Sony said was working on PlayStation 4 games, the publisher has now updated the list, giving a clearer picture of the support the upcoming hardware actually has.

We found last week that studios like Mojang and Vlambeer aren't working on PS4 games, despite being including in a press release for the hardware following its reveal.

Now Sony has quietly altered the list, completely changing the list of European studios that it says are working on titles for the PS4.

Notable omissions from the list now include the aforementioned Mojang and Vlambeer, as well as Angry Birds studio Rovio, and Trine developer Frozenbyte.

In their place, numerous new names have appeared including Splash Damage, Codemasters, Hello Games, 2K Games, and Sumo Digital.

However, despite the influx of new names the number of European studios now working on PS4 games, according to Sony, has dropped from 53 to 30.


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Mathieu MarquisBolduc
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Its not a list of studios, mind you, its a list of developpers and publishers. For example EA has multiple studios in NA and Europe, yet they are only listed once, and I would bet my coffee that they have more than 1 working on PS4 titles. Same goes for the other big publishers.

Joe Zachery
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Well I do think this is a exaggerated article there is some truth in it Think about how many development studios dead off during the PS3 era. Now you have maybe even a more expensive PS4 to make games on. Ya I can see the studios creating games every where is going to be smaller. Can't wait to see that Japan studio list that is the one I'm really curious about. Since it seems Sony has dropped it's Japanese roots.

Ron Dippold
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You could tell they threw the event together in a hurry. I suspect someone at corporate just started pasting logos on a Powerpoint slide, figuring (mostly correctly) that most companies would at least be porting something to PS4.

Brandon Sheffield
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Looking at it myself, I can tell it's just a list of people who have requested to become licensed PS4 developers - not necessarily that they are actively making a game for the platform.

Bernardo Del Castillo
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Really?
The list isn't even official.. They've announced support for independent developers...
And you guys are trying to turn it into a failure story?
This is what drives me away from Gamasutra, even the fact reporting seems to follow a way too oppinionated agenda.

Ian Uniacke
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Oh come on??? This is clearly a case of Sony creating borderline false advertising. Do you think that some people would not consider this list in their decision to purchase a PS4? Of course they would and Sony knows that and are intentionally misleading people. This is not a case of some developers who may pull support for their games later in the year. This is a case of Sony listing companies that have no real intentions of developing for the console.

Bernardo Del Castillo
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It is quite clear that the list is evolving... As many people have noted it's not even a clear definition of who is developing, it could simply be impressions of interest..
Does anyone really think that a previous ps3 dev will deny the option to publish on the ps4.. because?
Seems really undefined both in the publishing of the list, and in the reading into it.. many pretty safe developers weren't listed either.. but I doubt that means they won't be around.

Just seems a bit like this and other articles are trashing for the sake of it.


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