At a recent presentation, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced that 24 developers and publishers have so far acquired licenses to create content for its PlayStation Home virtual world.
Since its open beta launch in mid-December, some 3.6 million PlayStation 3 owners have downloaded Home. The community-based service enables users to create customizable avatars, decorate apartments, interact with friends, view promotional content, and purchase virtual goods -- like furniture or clothes -- with real money.
Several third-party companies previously revealed that they would produce content for Home, such as Ubisoft, which released Far Cry 2 "spaces"
that allowed users to play African board game Mancala and socialize in replicas of the first-person shooter's in-game environments.
Electronic Arts also recently detailed
an "EA Sports Complex" for spring, promising an area where users can access EA Sports trailers and content, play Home-exclusive multiplayer games, interact with other EA Sports fans, and compare against one another with various leaderboards.
The full list of PlayStation Home licensees, posted on Japanese site Game Watch and translated
by game weblog Kotaku, follows:
Bandai Namco Games
Disney Interactive Studios
Non-gaming related operations are also invited to establish a Home presence, as shown by energy drink company Red Bull, which sponsors a space
in the virtual world offering a Red Bull Air Race