Sony Computer Entertainment America is partnering with developers like The Odd Gentlemen and Lazy8 to launch social games in the PlayStation 3 virtual world, Home. The social initiative will be curated by a new independent Sony label called Codename and each of the games will be exclusive to the Home environment. SCEA and Codename plan to work primarily with indie developers rather than major social development houses. The social initiative is part of Sony's plan to leverage Home as a social platform for PS3 owners.
Four games are already prepared for launch over the course of the next several months. One of the games is the Dueling Gentlemen, developed by The Odd Gentlemen. This is a strategy title that will be played in Home's Plaza area. Another is Minor Battle, a capture-the-flag platformer developed by Peanut Gallery. Codename is developing a game called Super Awesome RPG. Lazy8's gear-based puzzle game Cogs will appear in a special 3D version on Home.
These will not be the first social or freemium games launched in Home. Users of the virtual world can already play over 100 games embedded into the world including Sodium, a game that supports microtransactions, This social game initiative is special because Sony is billing it as the first part of a multi-year initiative to turn Home into more of a social platform with more social network-like features.
[via Venture Beat]
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