Sony Has Quite A Few Indie Restrictions In Place
There’s this funny moment I have on a weekly basis when talking to people about indie development on the Xbox One and PS4. While I’ve spoken to developers and how they prefer the PS4 indie policies over Microsoft’s offer, we as consumers have yet to hear anything about how these policies will work. Well, yesterday we got our first look at some of the censorship policies in place, and they’re rather restrictive.
According to Sony, indie developers will not be allowed to produce games that feature any of the following themes:
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We don’t allow sadistic violence, sexually explicit content, children in an abusive context, profane or obscene acts, glamorisation of substance abuse, negative racial, gender or religious stereotypes or disability, disrespectful use of religious symbolism and beliefs, or content likely to reflect adversely on the name and reputation of Sony.
So here’s a little exercise I like to call “name that ban”, in which we name how many games currently on the PS3 that break one or more of these rules. The most obvious, although not indie, has to be GTA V, which breaks nearly every rule stated above. On the indie side, Hotline Miami (one of the best indie titles to date) does not fit into these guidelines at all, along with Blinding of Isacc. Hell, even a locally developed game like Death Smashers and Wang Commander would likely be rejected by this censorship, and those are two really awesome games that were open to the public at rAge this year.
Whether this is being used as an absolute ruling or more of a guideline has yet to be confirmed, but I really do hope Sony uses more common sense than holding up a game to these rules and saying “yes” or “no”.
Otherwise gamers might miss out on some truly awesome games. I mean, imagine never playing Hotline Miami. I know right!