Speaking at GI Live 2022 on Wednesday – attended by VGC – PlayStation Head of Independent Developer Initiative Shuhei Yoshida discussed the upcoming virtual reality hardware and where he thinks indie games will fit in its lineup when it releases next year.
“There are big games like Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village and yes, they’re amazing, but it’s the indies, in my mind, that really take the risk because they want to make games on VR.”
He added: “Indies have been waiting for this next VR boom, like Mizuguchi-san,” Yoshida explained, referring to Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the developer behind Rez and Tetris Effect, who had previously worked on VR projects at Sega in the 90s.
Yoshida also spoke about the growing VR market and how industry leaders such as Meta have pushed the space forward. Meta’s main headset, the wireless Oculus Quest 2 was released to high critical acclaim and wide adoption in the VR space.
“The VR market is small, it’s still growing thanks to Meta doing a great job promoting the Quest, so more people are coming into trying VR for the first time, but still, compared to console gaming, it’s a subset and a growing market.”
A senior PlayStation executive has said that he believes indie games are a key part of PlayStation VR2.