Darkness said:
They are published and funded by SCEA. That would constitute 2nd party. Maybe the company itself isn't owned by Sony, but the games are.

No, that still makes them 3rd party. Publishing games != 2nd party. You actually have to be an owned subsidiary.


This is why Spyro games can still be found on the DS, even though the character is still the intellectual property of Insomniac.