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PlayStation India Hero Project unveils first five games from the country

A good variety of desi games are on the way

PlayStation has its sights on nurturing game development talent in India, and after its first developer-focused event in the country, the company announced the first wave of games added to the India Hero Project.

The PlayStation India Hero Project was announced late last year at the India Game Developer Conference (IGDC) in Hyderabad. Games selected for the incubator program will receive support and mentorship from Sony’s internal teams, including access to SIE’s publishing tools. This initiative comes off the back of the China Hero Project, responsible for F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch and the upcoming Lost Souls Aside, among other games.

The five games selected for the program will release on PC as well, further showcasing PlayStation’s push into a multi-platform territory. 

The first cohort of games was selected at the Develop India event in Bengaluru, with a PlayStation blog post revealing more details about them. The five games selected for IHP are:

  • Fishbowl
  • Meteora: The Race Against Space Time
  • Mukti
  • Requital: Gates of Blood
  • Suri: The Seventh Note

PlayStation, in recent years, has focused primarily on game publishing in India after the PS2 era, so its renewed interest in nurturing development is a welcome change. Sony’s insistence on bundling PlayStation consoles with franchises and subjects favored by Indian gamers, like Cricket 24, seems to be the first step in establishing a more meaningful presence in the country. 

During the PS2's heyday, Sony led development on several games in India, including  Hanuman: Boy Warrior, Desi Adda, and Street Cricket Champions. The hot streak ended due to rising costs, studio mismanagement, and in most cases, a declining quality of the games themselves. One can hope that Sony's second foray into game development in India will pay off with better success.