Sony has announced that its Hero Project, an initiative focused on supporting indie game development, is expanding to India. The country is second to receive this development following the project’s success in China, where the company has helped several indie developers bring their games to market, including F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch and ANNO: Mutationem.
The main purpose of this project is that under it, indie game developers in India will receive mentorship, access to Sony’s internal resources, development funding, marketing opportunities, and the huge chance for PlayStation to publish the game itself.
The initiative is aimed at lowering the barrier of entry into the industry and market and showcasing the incredible talents emerging from India’s gaming market. The company is looking to support games on the PlayStation 5, PSVR2, and PC.
To qualify for the program, a studio must be based in India and registered as a legal entity. The developers then need to sign up with PlayStation Partners, after which a minimum of $100,000 will be provided to the successful applicants. Sony is committed to developing regional incubator programs that identify new and diverse developers worldwide.
In a press release, Sony executives Hector Fernandez and Radhika Thakur stated that the India Hero Project is “fueled by this commitment and our belief in the Indian gaming market.” They added,
As part of our evolving journey to ensure that PlayStation remains the best place to play, we’re committed to developing regional incubator programs capable of identifying new and diverse developers worldwide.”
While it is interesting to see new opportunities for countries like India, it will be exciting to see Sony expand thi to other regions. This is all we know for now, but rest assured as we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.