Sony Announces "PlayStation's China Hero Project," Including Lost Soul Aside and Many More Games

Sony launches a new project to bring Chinese games to PS4 and PlayStation VR.

March 22, 2017

Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai held its press release, announcing the “PlayStation’s China Hero Project.

According to accompanying press release, the China Hero Project is a mid-term software strategy initiated in mid-2016, described as follows:

“The name of this mid-term software strategy is called “China Hero Project”. This project was initiated in mid-2016 in order to locate and support developers with creativity and the ability to accomplish remarkable content for the PlayStation family. Over 400 product plans or demos had been provided during the whole registration period but only 10 of them reached the end of the project.”

The titles presented during the press conference (including nine that were announced to the public for the first time) were chosen as they represent the highest level of Chinese developers, with some games already in the final stage of development, like the VR adventure “The Walker,” while “Lost Soul Aside” received worldwide acclaim due to its impressive demo. “Project Boundary” was the first game chosen for the project, with an internal playable build already completed.

Almost half of the titles included in the project support PlayStation VR, while the rest is for PlayStation 4.

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The press release also explains that all the games selected for the project already received support from from Sony Interactive Entertainment in terms of tech and funding, including the license of cutting-edge game engines and middleware, professional test support service, or even know-how on how to manage a studio. The goal is for developers “not to walk alone before they reach their final milestone.”

The project also aims to present these Chinese games to other regions, even before they’re fully completed. Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai built a special channel to introduce the games to potential publishers internally, with some of them already earning a “respected reputation among internal partners.”

Below you can check out a trailer of the project, that was aired during the conference, courtesy of YouTube user Karpinete. It shows footage from all of the games involved.

Incidentally, the video also reveals the name of the studio that is working on Lost Soul Aside as UltiZero Games. The studio also has a web page, that can be found here.

Besides Lost Soul Aside by UltiZero Games, The Walker by Haymaker, and Project Boundary by Surgical Scalpels, other titles showcased are War Rage by Booming Games,  The X Animal by Internet Stars, Project X by Komogames, Tiger Knight by NetDragon, Pervader VR by  Light & Digital, Code: Hardcore by Rocket Punch (that won our Best Indie Game and Best Platformer at Tokyo Game Show, and about which you can read our interview), and Kill X by VivaGames.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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