Within Europe and other PAL-based territories* the external development, or XDev, team manages titles from independent development studios, which are to be published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Europe.
Based within SCE's Studio Liverpool facility, XDev has collaborated with studios such as Media Molecule, Quantic Dream, Magenta, Relentless Software, Eurocom and Sumo Digital, as well as Evolution Studios and Guerrilla Games, prior to their incorporation into the SCE Worldwide Studios (WWS) network. In recent years the XDev team have helped to create and also published numerous critically acclaimed, award-winning titles such as "Little Big Planet", the "Buzz" series, and "Heavenly Sword".
XDev's foremost criterion for forming partnerships with studios is the high quality of its games. It works with the smallest of development teams right through to teams of over 160+, newly-formed studios as well as long-established firms, and is active in 11 European countries. XDev has built up an enviable track record of innovation and new IP generation, winning three BAFTA awards for "Buzz", Develop Industry Excellence Awards for Best New IP twice with "MotorStorm" and "Buzz", and in North America, winning eight awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) with "LittleBigPlanet" and its developer Media Molecule.
XDev maintains a team of dedicated high calibre production staff. As well as funding projects, it offers full game production, project management and game design support. Titles are also supported with community management, online production and dedicated outsourcing management facilities. XDev also excels at marketing its titles, which are published by SCE Europe, America and Japan's global distribution network.
All PLAYSTATION®3 platforms are covered, and XDev also handles European PlayStation®Network titles for PLAYSTATION®3 and PSP (PlayStation®Portable), such as "SuperStardust HD", "Crash Commando", and "Super Rub 'A' Dub".
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*Includes Australia, New Zealand, Russia & the rest of the world except for the US and Asia