To publish games beyond the PlayStation, Sony is forming a new label called Unties, bringing titles to not only the PC but also for the Nintendo Switch.
It'll be under Sony Music Entertainment and focus on pushing out indie titles across numerous platforms.
Unties Expands Sony's Reach
According to Sony's official press release (via PlayStation LifeStyle), the goal of Unties is to "to unearth high-quality titles like these and utilize SME's vast entertainment business wisdom in order to expose them to as many consumers as possible."
More than that, this move was made "to free creators from the myriad ties that bind them when it comes to publishing their games" and "to make free, limitless publishing a reality."
Needless to say, the new label will give Sony more opportunities to reach more gamers out there.
On an interesting note, the company has published games on other platforms before, such as PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, and Payday: The Heist, to name a few. However, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), a division that's separate from Sony Interactive Entertainment, was responsible for those titles, and it was acquired by Columbus Nova back in 2015 and was renamed as Daybreak moving forward.
The takeaway here is that Sony is at it again in publishing on other non-PlayStation machines, and notably, it's not as SOE.
So far, Unties has revealed not one but four games already.
The first one is the Unreal Engine-powered Tiny Metal, a tactical-based game that involves soldiers, tanks, and whatever to be expected from militaries. It's developed by Area35, and it's heading to the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and the PC on Nov. 21.
The second one is Deemo Reborn, a rhythm game developed by Rayark Games. It doesn't have a release date just yet, but it's set for the PS4 with PlayStation VR support.
The third one is Last Standard, an action-packed title made by I From Japan. It's confirmed to arrive to the PC, with plans of making its way to other platforms such as the PS4. There's still no announcement when it'll launch, though.
Last but not least, the fourth one is Merkava Avalanche, a 3D robot fighting game — kind of like Armored Core — by WinterCrownWorks. Just like Last Standard, it's coming to the PC and potentially to other platforms, but it also doesn't have a release date at the moment.
Despite stepping onto other platforms, there's still no word about PlayStation cross-play with others, though.