Sony has announced its intention to invest $20 million into games developed exclusively for the PlayStation Network.
The plan involves incorporating the money into the service over the next three years.
Sony first party studios will obviously benefit from the scheme, as will the ‘Pub Fund’ that has been running for over two years now.
The Pub Fund gives outside developers the option of being financed by Sony in exchange for exclusivity to PSN.
Sony, however, would have no hold over the independent developer’s IP.
Brandon Stander, PSN Director of Marketing, said in a statement: “Our line of PSN exclusives has had great success with titles such as Joe Danger, Critter Crunch, Flower and the PixelJunk series.”
“We’re excited to add new and different game experiences to this portfolio of games that can’t be found on any other game console.”
Stander added: “So what does this mean for you as a gamer? It means more unique, fun, innovative, edgy and higher quality game experiences on PSN that you won’t find anywhere else.”
“Under this investment, we’re committed to delivering titles that have innovative gameplay mechanics, vibrant visuals, interesting storylines and an artistic element to interactive entertainment that can only be found on PlayStation Network.”
Of course, Sony still has some issues to address when it comes to PS3 owners buying games from PSN after the infamous hacking incident back in April.
The question is whether gamers will be happy to enter their credit card details to purchase on PSN… there are certainly some who appear to have lost trust in that respect.