Sony Music Launches Indie Game Label With PS4, Switch, PC Titles
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Sony Music Entertainment (SME) announced on Tuesday that it has launched a new game publishing label named UNTIES. The company formed the label to publish games by indie developer teams as a response to the rise of small-scale indie development and digital publishing. The label aims to publish games with unique qualities that can only arise from small-scale development teams, and whose releases would otherwise be buried by the market. The label's name comes from the company's desire to free developers from the restrictions of publishing. The label aims to publish games in multiple platforms.
The first titles of UNTIES include Area 35's Tiny Metal, I From Japan's Last Standard, and Winter Crown WORKS' Merkava Avalanche. In addition, it plans to work with Taiwan's Rayark Games to develop a new 3D version version of its Deemo rhythm game that will be compatible with virtual reality devices tentatively titled Deemo -Reborn-.
Tiny Metal is slated for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on November 21. Last Standard and Merkava Avalanche are both slated for the PC with unannounced release dates. Deemo -Reborn- is slated for the PS4 with PlayStation VR on an unannounced release date.
Deemo debuted as an iOS and Android smartphone game in 2013. Rayark Games later released the game on the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2015 with the title Deemo: Last Recital. PM Studios and Rising Star Games released the game on PS Vita in North America and Europe, respectively, in May. The game received a release on the Nintendo Switch worldwide in September.