Even though it’s technically an “indie game,” Sony plans to treat No Man’s Sky as if it was one of their own AAA games.

PlayStation UK’s Feral Gara said in a recent interview that the upcoming open-universe exploration game will receive the same level of promotion and support from Sony as games that the company produces on their own.

“No Man’s Sky has been treated as if it was from one of our internal studios,” Gara said to MCV games. “We have been working very closely with the developers and bringing it into our release program as if we had made it. We are not going to treat it any differently and we are going to put the full weight of PlayStation behind it. If it all comes together as well as expected, it will be treated like a first-party release; it is not a self-published small indie title on the platform.”

Gara said that indie titles such as No Man’s Sky have the potential to break the traditions that current independent games seem to have, including only being released through digital download.

“These days we think increasingly of a game being a game, whether it is digital, physical or both,” he said. It is entirely possible that we will release some of these games together, digitally and physically, or one after another, but it will be decided on a title-by-title basis.”

No Man’s Sky is being developed by Hello Games and is set to release sometime in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and PC. The game contains a procedurally generated universe of planets to find and explore.

Does No Man’s Sky have you excited? And what does this mean for the future of the “indie” label?

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