Say what you like about Sony, but the technology mega-corp is certainly doing its bit to support indie development at the moment. This year, the company’s US division helped to incubate the development of Unfinished Swan, an IGF finalist created by Santa Monica-based start-up Giant Sparrow. Meanwhile in Japan, indie studio Crispy’s has seen its brilliantly offbeat Tokyo Jungle getting a global PSN release; and from the UK, we’ll soon get to see Clever Beans’s hugely enjoyable squad-based battler When Vikings Attack, and… that’s not all.
This morning a new developer named Wish studios has announced its existence – and it’s working on the prototype of a brand new IP for Sony. Set up by industry veterans Caspar Field, Tom Bennett and Paul Brooke the Brighton-based outfit won’t say much about its debut game, apart from the fact that it’s, “looking and playing beautifully,” according to Field.
It’s likely though that the game makes some use of motion or camera controls – all three of the Wish founders are from Relentless Software, which has been working on Kinect projects like the National Geographic interactive TV concept. “I think that supporting ‘offbeat’ titles is something that is strongly engrained in Sony’s development culture, and it’s paid-off for them – and for gamers – hugely in the past,” says Field. “From Buzz! to Singstar, LBP to Heavy Rain, EyeToy to Wonderbook – these are all brilliant games that broke the mould in different ways”.
The chaps won’t tell us what the game is yet, though – even though Hookshot’s keith Stuart worked with Caspar Field on Edge Magazine back in the late nineties. For heaven’s sake. He did tell us about how the deal came about however: “We were talking to some contacts at Sony about how creative we wanted Wish to be, as a studio, as an idea, and they hooked us up with Mick Hocking – formerly of DID and Evolution Studios,” he explains. “He was looking for someone to pick up this prototype work, and we turned out to be a great fit. It’s been an amazing, exciting way to start a studio, and we massively appreciate the support we’ve had from Mick and his team”.
So anyway, we’ll be keeping a close eye on Wish. You should too.