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No Man’s Sky treated like Sony first party title

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First party titles can sell consoles. Bloodborne led to plenty of PS4 sales, Forza and Halo did it for Xbox One and everything Nintendo does helps to ship the Wii U. But not all exclusives are true first party titles. That’s not getting in the way of Sony giving their support, which is why the PS4 can be a godsend to indies.

If I had told you a few years ago that Mike Bithell and Sean Murray would be big names in Sony’s press conferences, you probably would have laughed at me. Now, they are getting tons of love and No Man’s Sky might just help ship consoles for Sony. They want to reward this, which is why they’re helping it go beyond the usual expectations for indie titles.

Speaking to MCVUK, PlayStation’s UK boss Fergal Gara explained the special relationship with No Man’s Sky:

No Man’s Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios. We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release programme as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform.

PlayStation has done so much to push indies forward. Some of them are offered for free or cheap on PS+ and sales, but it’s more than that. Games that would otherwise be overlooked are giving prime coverage on the PlayStation Blog and they’re talked about by the head honchos around the world. There’s an excitement for indie games at PlayStation, and it’s contagious, especially when it’s for a title like No Man’s Sky.

Last Updated: May 15, 2015

22 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    May 15, 2015 at 11:37

    I hope this game sells well, such an awesome idea!

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  2. HairyEwok

    May 15, 2015 at 11:39

    The day that a game gets made that evolves on it’s own with everything in it is the day any other games will be futile to get. No Man’s Sky is close to that.

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    • Spathi

      May 15, 2015 at 11:49

      “The day that a game gets made that evolves on it’s own with everything…”

      *Puts on tinfoil hat*

      Not to cause alarm or anything, but I suspect that the “game” will then be AI hunting humans. Skynet is coming, don’t support AI.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        May 15, 2015 at 12:07

        *Puts on tinfoil suit*
        I suspect that it will actually be Ultron not Skynet.

        Support AI, you robot overlords are coming.

        Reply

      • Raptor Gilbert

        May 15, 2015 at 17:03

        I work with a lot of machines who do the thinking for you. Let’s just say skynet is some time off. Machines still can’t read a barcode if there’s a small scratch.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 11:48

    If I had to pick between indies and AAA at the moment I would pick indies.

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    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 15, 2015 at 11:50

      Yup. Just what I bought a PS4 for. SO I can play flash games!
      *runs*

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      • Admiral Chief

        May 15, 2015 at 11:50

        Hah

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 15, 2015 at 11:53

          What are you laughing at FTL boy?

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          • Admiral Chief

            May 15, 2015 at 11:57

            The IndieStationFawr of course.

            And you are only fit to mock once you actually complete the damn game!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 15, 2015 at 12:05

            I did the normal edition. Used mind control last night. So much fun

          • Pariah

            May 15, 2015 at 12:05

            *This is not the ship you are looking for*

          • Admiral Chief

            May 15, 2015 at 12:09

            Haha, SCREENSHOT to prove!

      • Hammersteyn

        May 15, 2015 at 11:54

        lol

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  4. WitWolfy

    May 15, 2015 at 11:56

    Day one for me bebe. I hope of all the hype this game is getting since its reveal it delivers!

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  5. Kensei Seraph

    May 15, 2015 at 12:04

    “No Man’s Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios.”
    Sony will be taking most of the profits from the PS4 sales of No Man’s Sky.
    NOT CONFIRMED

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    • Spathi

      May 15, 2015 at 12:15

      Testing 1 2 3, testing

      Reply

  6. Sageville

    May 15, 2015 at 12:57

    I think it’s being a profitable mind shift from Sony, the support of Indies will just mean that indies will gradually start considering PS as a viable release platform…. more games baby, who can complain about that.

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  7. Aaron Lucas

    May 15, 2015 at 14:33

    Here’s hoping this means special edition w/ art book!

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  8. Raptor Gilbert

    May 15, 2015 at 17:01

    They should be careful Sony first parties seem to get disbanded. Getting no mans sky on PC XD

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  9. Lacerz

    May 15, 2015 at 17:01

    I’m a fan of the indie support. Not all indies are 8/16 bit side scrollers. The Tomorrow Children, Ether One, Broken Age, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, The Talos Principle, Rime, WiLD, Hellblade… all impressive looking indies.

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  10. Kromas,powered by windows 10.

    May 15, 2015 at 17:19

    This might sound bad coming from my staunch support of (almost) everything Valve but after Sony payed off Ubisoft for shitty pc port of Watch_Dogs I have absolutely no interest for No Man’s Sky as I already am under the impression that Sony has some shady underhanded deal struck with the devs.

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