Sony was “proactive” in getting one of Ouya’s best games on PS4

TowerFall creator compliments PlayStation for helping him bring the game to PS4.

TowerFall creator Matt Thorson said that TowerFall Ascension launched on the PlayStation 4 because PlayStation was very helpful in making it happen.

In an interview posted to the PlayStation Blog, Thorson was asked how he came to the decision to launch TowerFall Ascension on PS4. “The game did really well on Ouya and it felt like it was time to expand to a larger audience,” he said. “We continued working on it because there was a lot of stuff we still wanted to add, and PlayStation was super proactive in helping me figure out how to bring the game to PS4.”

TowerFall, a local multiplayer game which was one of the few critically acclaimed games on Ouya, came out on PS4 last week as TowerFall Ascension. Our review found that it was a blast to play with friends, but that without friends its appeal drops significantly.

Last week, Adam Boyes of the PlayStation developer relations team fired off a shot at Microsoft's contentious "launch parity" policy for games released through the company's independent publishing program ID@Xbox, which prevents an indie developer from releasing their game as a timed-exclusive on another platform.

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tightwad34
tightwad34

This really shouldn't be news of anykind. Sorry to burst Sony's bubble, but actual shit would sell better than this. You just need to keep Ouya and Playstation out of the same sentence.

drd7of14
drd7of14

@tightwad34  Towerfall is awesome! What are you talking about? You can't judge it by look alone. Unless you hate playing Smash Brothers. And this is even more accessible. It has the same sort of joy and "fun" competition you get in a good match of any smash game. Doesn't have as many different characters, but that's okay. It maintains itself as a completely different game. Just similar "holy shite" moments.

nightsinner
nightsinner

There's no doubt sony has been surprised by the success of their new platform. Now their scrambling for content.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@nightsinner I don't think they were surprised, but they were unprepared it seems with the shortage of PS4s. That always seems to happen with one console or another and I don't totally get it. They had to have known they were going to sell more than they made. Guess they didn't guess right. Still won't understand why they don't make a backup stock incase of things like that.

drd7of14
drd7of14

@tightwad34 @nightsinner  How long do you think it takes to manufacture these and get them in to store shelves. Hint: It takes a long time. They did have a backup. It sold out too. It sold way over their predictions, and those were already high. They can't produce too many in case they didn't sell, and even after it launched, they can't produce enough in time to match supply and demand. So yeah...This is expected. Producing too many in stock will lose them money.

*Another note being that the costs get cheaper over time, so it's better to wait on producing stock as long as possible.

sherberttcat
sherberttcat

Ouya is a joke. Its an Android stick PC with a controller.

megakick
megakick

THE GAME IS IN 1080/ 60 FPS!

AMAZING!!! Sony is really pushing the limits of their PS4. What is next Dig Dug HD?

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Was Ouya over looked by playstation 4 fans, I mean yall brought the ps4 because it's cheaper and has parts of computer that a lot yall don't understand, but getting cell phone status video games, my point here is to just buy a Ouya. ...........specs: 10 gigawats, Segasword processor , G - forcer graphics card, cpu speed 10 by 20,000 ps, gpu: 45,000 ,hard drive :ssd: t10, sounds pretty good right? Guest what it plays games and media. Shame this how Sony sells consoles

fede018
fede018

where are all the people that made fun of the Ouya and its games? assholes

drd7of14
drd7of14

@fede018  I think they are still here. But seriously having a few good games doesn't justify the purchase any more than buying an iPhone or Android device specially for the games does. I'm glad it was ported cause now I can experience a great game that I was likely to never experience otherwise. It is a lot of fun.

anshanlord
anshanlord

THere are good Indies out there....But there are very few of them.....I just can't relate to them most of the time....I still think Don't starve, Rust, DayZ are pretty great....

user_pt
user_pt

@waxcriminal Maybe I'm somewhat of a hypebeast, but I just can't get in all these indie games. I check out a few gameplay videos and there's just no appeal to me whatsoever. My brother has mostly dropped out from video games and only plays a few indies from time to time, most of which he shows me, but I can't see me play them for more than 5 minutes.

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

#GreatnessAwaits Sony OuyaStation + OuyaShock Controller - ouya design with touchpad

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Blah who cares about crap indie games like that? I want advancement in gaming not knock offs from thirty years ago.

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@BlackBaldwin The great thing about indies is that they are the games that will bring you that advancement, not those AAA titles made by companies like EA and actiblizzard that are geared toward riding the latest fad for maximum shortterm stockholder profits.

Barighm
Barighm

That's great, but unless they're willing to offer Steam's entire back-catalogue of excellent indie games, I don't see the point of focusing on so many indie games. It's one thing if you're offering a huge selection of the very best indie games out there. It's another thing when you offer...well, everything else.

You know, I wouldn't be surprised to see Steam partner up with Sony in the future. Declare it a "Steam enabled" device or something. Well, if I were Sony, that's what I'd do anyway.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@Barighm  So no indie games is better than a good chunk of indie games?

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Sony Playstouya: = Play-stole- ya

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i think we should put ps4 up against Ouya its looking like a indie race. let see Ouya cost $300 less then ps4 and has more games from the looks of the comments from sony fans Ouya looks like the better choice, one fan said :there are too many genres to choose from shouldnt you be talking about ouya being doe sony wants ouya title, a Ps4 fan also said they dont play indie games but it feels good to have free games sounds he's really interested in a Ouya being doe this what ouya does already, another sony fan stated Ouya has high quality games , did he say its high quality because its coming to sony or is he standing up for sony cause he made the wrong choice.. i can see it now PlaystOuya 5 years to come

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Sony stealing from Ouya? Welcome to the club! Sony's been stealing from other companies for years. This is Sony's way of saying welcome to the club.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Zombie U is the most original fps ever.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@HowlPendragon @bunchanumbers oh come on. Remember all the former playstation exclusives that sony fans were screaming at MS for 'Stealing'? GTA, and MGS and FF, etc? The words steal and bribe were used constantly.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@canuckbiker Yeah I thought the same of LBP Karting, or CTR. Lol not to mention Sony's all star fighting game.

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

@bunchanumbers Hmm, fair enough.

But let it be known that I did NOT partake in said arguments since I was too young to care at the time! :p

metallinatus
metallinatus

@canuckbiker  Well, people call a game where you can shoot, double jump and enter robots original nowadays....

milan4554
milan4554

jheeze ppl its only been 5 months. be patient which i hate to say that sony delayed few games like drive club etc..


have a break, have a kitkat.

haze0986
haze0986

yet another reason i bought a ps4, there are too many genres to choose from on sony platforms....cant wait til may 6 for the show

FBohler
FBohler

First Knack. Now this? Oh Lord, we'll need to wait a while 'till the greatness come.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

I normally don't pay for Indie/arcade games, but rather wait till it's free. But damn  PS4 is killing it on what XB1 offers as an alternative gaming experience. Not even funny. PS4 owners should feel very fortunate even if they want to spend money on some of these well made titles.

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

@DARKSPACEi didn't buy a ps4 to play Ouya standard games, or any of the 100 odd games they offer that could run on a good phone, at this point im thinking Ouya is a better option than ps4

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

Great news, another ps4 blockbuster which no doubt runs at 1080p 30 fps

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Sony's desperate enough to rely on these subpar indies. Good thing I didn't buy a PS4. It's cheap for a reason... cheap low quality games!

slainta
slainta

@Mr_BillGates  Ahhh.. So to bring in high quality small games is defined as "desperation". I wonder what's for you to go "all in" with yet another generic FPS. Leaving scorched earth all around it.