PlayStation's India Hero Project Puts Out The Call For Indian Developers

PlayStation has announced the India Hero Project, a new incubator program to identify and amplify Indian gaming voices.


Published: May 9, 2023 3:09 AM /

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A tiger leaping through the air as part of the logo for the PlayStation India Hero Project

PlayStation has announced the India Hero Project, a new initiative intended to amplify the voices of Indian game developers. The project is open for applications right now and is looking for Indian studios "of any size" in order to bolster its relationship with the Indian gaming industry.

According to the official India Hero Project website, Sony is seeking "new voices, ideas, and experiences" from the Indian gaming community. Space for the program is limited, so not every developer who applies will be accepted. You'll need to be a developer based in India, and you'll also need to be able to register as a PlayStation Registered Developer.

It doesn't matter what kind of project you're working on, either. PlayStation says it's looking for "promising local developers" who are creating "compelling gaming experiences", so don't worry if you're not creating a Destiny 2 clone that's going to take over the live service market. Sony's got that area covered anyway.

The main character leaping across a chasm in Raji: An Ancient Epic, a game developed in India (and thus one that might have been eligible for the PlayStation India Hero Program)
Games developed in India include the rather lovely Raji: An Ancient Epic.

The India Hero Project is part of a wider push on Sony's part to seek "new and diverse developers worldwide". The program provides "mentorship, training, and project-based investment" to studios that are accepted, which PlayStation hopes will "lower the barrier to entry" into the gaming industry for Indian studios. Benefits include recoupable development funding, access to internal Sony resources, and the possibility for your game to be published by Sony itself.

According to Sony, the program is primarily targeting PS5 and PC development. Teams of any size can apply, so you should give it a shot even if you're a one-person studio. PSVR 2 titles will be supported, and mobile games will be evaluated "on a case-by-case basis". If your team has an existing game that hasn't been ported to PS5 yet, that'll also be evaluated case-by-case, Sony says.

If you're looking to apply to the India Hero Project, then you should take a look through the FAQ, which you'll find here. You should find the answers to any questions you've got about the program there. You'll also find the submission form, which you can fill out for a chance to be accepted onto the project. Again, bear in mind that space is limited, and that you should be based in India (even if you're part of an international team) if you want a chance to get onto the program.

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