"They support the living sh*t out of it, and they support it really well," Capybara's Nathan Vella told Gamasutra
when talking about Sony's free PhyreEngine
. "Any of the parts that are inside Phyre that we didn't know how to fix or we had an issue with, they would fix it for us in a day. Overall, I think Sony's doing a lot of right stuff for small independent developers."
Vella's praise echoes similar sentiments from other PSN developers, like Shatter
's Mario Wynands. In addition to free development tools, Vella noted other benefits by partnering with Sony. Critter Crunch
was promoted heavily on the PlayStation Network via the PlayStation.Blog, Pulse and banners on the PlayStation Store. Most importantly, though, Sony "treated us like we weren't a small nobody developer from Toronto."
In spite of Sony's best intentions, though, Vella notes that sales aren't quite where they should be
on the PSN. "It's still a fraction of what XBLA is doing, and we know that," he admitted. "But that's okay for us because they let us do what we wanted to do." Apparently what they want to do now is work on a zombie game