In addition to producing top-quality exclusives, it seems more and more evident that Sony tends to back the more artistic studios.
Team ICO ( ICO , Shadow of the Colossus , The Last Guardian ), Quantic Dream ( Heavy Rain ), and thatgamecompany ( Flow , Flower , Journey ) are examples of this appreciated emphasis. And you know, the developers in question certainly appreciate it, too. TGC developer Jenova Chen told NowGamer that Sony "shares a similar vision" and they are "always looking for excellence in entertainment." The key word you might notice in Chen's praise is "mature:"
"We both want to make great videogames for a maturing gaming market and make videogames a mature medium for everyone. From their support for artistic game studios such as Team ICO and Quantic Dreams, to their dedication with highly polished blockbuster franchises such as the God of War and Uncharted, they are always looking for excellence in entertainment."
Chen said Sony was willing to "explore new concepts," which is how TGC's past titles got made in the first place. He says that even on this admittedly smaller scale, "you can find their unique taste through the PSN library," and without Sony's trust and support, we simply wouldn't have many of the gems we have today. We can't wait for Journey and given the evidence, we have to agree: when we want innovation and artistic achievement, we typically know which platform to turn to.
Related Game(s): Journey