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“Indie careers still start on PC”, says Mike Bithell

Despite Sony and Microsoft’s support of indie developers on the new generation consoles, Mike Bithell still believes “indie careers start on PC”.

Since the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One, both Microsoft and Sony have been very vocal in their support for indie developers. Both consoles have a wealth of indie games in their libraries already.

But, although Microsoft and Sony are being much more supportive, indie dev poster boy Mike Bithell still believes there hasn’t been any break out successes for indies on either console.

“I’m waiting and I hope it happens. But so far, I don’t think there’s been any break out hits on console that have launched indie careers,” said Bithell, speaking to TrustedReviews. “I still feel like most indie careers start on PC, just because the barrier to entry is lower. You can just start making a game and just get going.”

Both gaming giants have been highlighting indie devs and their upcoming titles during presentations on stages at GamesCom and E3.

“I think what it does is just raise the visibility of every indie. It makes it look more achieveable. I talk to students and kids and they are aware that there are games made by like one or two people using the same computer programs that they can get.”

“The success of iPad, iOS devices, the success of PlayStation indie games, Xbox, Wii, everything, is just communicating to a group of kids who maybe aren’t reading every games website straight away that this job exists.”

Bithell’s next game, Volume, is a PS4 exclusive coming out sometime in 2015.

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