Sony has set up a new game publishing division called Unties. They intend to focus on lesser known games and “unearth high-quality [indie] titles … and utilise SME’s vast entertainment business wisdom in order to expose them to as many consumers as possible.”
A big name like Sony bringing indie developers into the forefront is a thing to be lauded for sure. It’s all too easy for indie games to get lost in the slew of new releases or be pushed by the wayside when a big triple A game comes out.
The bizarre thing though is that despite being a division of Sony, they will be publishing games on the PC and Nintendo Switch as well as PS4. This is undoubtedly to avoid any confusion fans would have seeing a Sony logo on their new Switch game. It’s a bold move and Sony seems to want to take advantage of all parts of the market. Now only time will tell how long before we see Unties’ games on Microsoft’s systems.
Tiny Metal is being developed by Area 35 and will be the first game published by Unties. They have also announced three other games; Last Standard, Merkava Avalanche and a VR remake of Deemo, first released in 2013. There is no release date for these games yet.