New PlayStation Job Implies Acquistion/s Are Underway

litebrite

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Oct 27, 2017
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Just because Microsoft is acquiring studios, doesn’t mean Sony needs to acquire studios. Even if Microsoft wasn’t pursuing Game Pass and xCloud, I still think they’d be making these acquisitions. The division was simply mismanaged and squeezed for cash for so long, that their internal studio bandwidth was severely lacking. Microsoft is playing catch-up, while Sony is already sitting on a collection of studios that’s world class.
Agreed.
 

vastick

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If they have to buy someone, let's hope that is just the studios that are already working with them like Insomniac or Kojima.
 

i-Lo

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If Sony were to introduce Game Pass like service as well as game streaming then eventually, it will come down to software catalog to drive market share. MS know this and already have a leg up when it comes to technology and Sony are responding logically.
 

STech

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Sep 24, 2018
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Oh yeah.

I hope there will be a few of new acquisitions and the best as possible.


Be part os WW studios should let them share their experience and knowledge with ND, Guerrilla, Santa Mónica... And that's never bad!!!
 

i-hate-u

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If Sony were to introduce Game Pass like service as well as game streaming then eventually, it will come down to software catalog to drive market share. MS know this and already have a leg up when it comes to technology and Sony are responding logically.
>Game Pass
> Prolific Single Player Games

Pick one.
 

HStallion

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Since people keep mentioning it but Sony has actually started building a new studio that many theorize might pick up the Uncharted series. They just haven't said much about it to the public yet and probably for good reason when its still so young and hasn't actually done anything yet. They've also been greatly expanding the size of most every single AAA studio they have from moving them into much larger and better situated buildings to going on hiring sprees.
 

i-Lo

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>Game Pass
> Prolific Single Player Games

Pick one.
Why pick one? With caliber of developing houses under SIE umbrella they stand to gain significant market share by a GP like service (which they technically do). They already have PS Now which I think already allows for both streaming and local downloads (which essentially puts them ahead of the curve, albeit lacking in titles) and like MS, they can combine PS Now and PS+.

All in all, whatever they (MS, Nintendo and Sony) do, I do hope that the option to BUY games is never replaced.
 

Iwao

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I'm not sure this really means much of anything at all. Sony recently bought that audio middleware company, for example, so the role could be related to integrating that.

Must admit, it's becoming a bit tiring seeing these acquisitions turned into a sport. I used to think exclusive list wars were bad, but we may have found something worse.
It’s way worse, way way worse. I’d honestly not mind if acqusitions are made organically and done in a manner that focuses on studios with deep historic working relationships with the platform holder. For example, Sony acquiring Bluepoint makes sense to me since 80% of their output has been exclusive to Sony consoles.

Looking at their studios and figuring out what we’re going to see given that head of Xbox studios wants one game released for GP every 3 months isn’t difficult. It doesn’t sound like something structured around investing in making prolific single player games that do and should take at least 2-3 years to produce, but just having something - anything - that fills that space in the fiscal year.
 

TheRealTalker

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if said expansions gives them the capacity to diversify their portfolio again with other genres like the PS3 days then I am all for it

let their other studios keep on doing what they are doing and then acquire people like Sanzarou, etc... to fill in the gap left by some of the WWS leaving some genres behind like platformers
 

TheRealTalker

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of course the obvious is there

  • Insomniac (if they ever finally want to be acquired)
  • KojiPro
  • BluePoint


people that they are already heavily involved with
 

poklane

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Doesn’t Sony plan on opening it’s own studios while acquiring others? It wouldn’t be surprising tbh
They opened PixelOpus in 2014, Manchester in 2015 (working on a VR game), a new San Diego team sometime last year (possibly earlier, but job listings and hires indicate 2018) and Guerrilla is aiming to release a new game every 2-3 years, which would indicate a 2-team approach.
 

Kerotan

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If Sony were to introduce Game Pass like service as well as game streaming then eventually, it will come down to software catalog to drive market share. MS know this and already have a leg up when it comes to technology and Sony are responding logically.
Sony already have a streaming service on PlayStation and PC with over 750 games on offer. The only reason their first party exclusives are not there is Sony choose not to. Not that they can't.

You can download/stream over 240 of those titles and only stream the rest. I wonder would they ever rebrand it Play Pass or stick with PS NOW?
 

Skel1ingt0n

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I've done a LOT of M&As from a contracting perspective, and 6-9 months really isn't that much time at all. Surprised it's a contract position... more surprised they don't already have someone in that role.
 

John Bender

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My dream scenario would be Insomniac Games, Remedy Entertainment and a new first party studio in japan. Well let's see what Jim Ryan wants to do.
 

i-Lo

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Sony already have a streaming service on PlayStation and PC with over 750 games on offer. The only reason their first party exclusives are not there is Sony choose not to. Not that they can't.

You can download/stream over 240 of those titles and only stream the rest. I wonder would they ever rebrand it Play Pass or stick with PS NOW?
Yea, I mentioned that in the next post. What I was unaware of is the fact that it is available on PC and the number of games on offer. Given how little I know or am interested in the service despite knowing much more about Game Pass (even though I spend majority of time playing on PS4) goes to show that MS has done a phenomenal job or marketing it (although, IIRC, the revenue from PS+ and PS Now is greater than the other platforms). Personally, I was never drawn to PSNow because of the price especially as a PS+ member. MS has continually kept up one deal or another to reduce the subscription fee to ridiculously small amounts.

GIven next gen is being designed to be a seamless transition for userbase as well as providing Sony a tabula rasa for their online strategy, it would make the most sense to create a package that includes both Plus and Now (whilst explicitly highlighting the features and actively expanding and supporting them) at a discounted price and/or a monthly subscription like MS and their Game Pass Ultimate.
 

Lys Skygge

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I'd like SOMEONE to buy Housemarque.

Heartbreaking to hear them publicly say they can no longer afford to make the games they want to make.
I’d love to see Sony buy Housmarque so they could have a big budget to make whatever they want....
or Resogun 2

Housemarque, Bluepoint, and Kojima are the only studios I think would be ok for Sony to acquire. Studios like From Software and Insomniac are doing just fine without being owned by a large publisher.

Housemarque is struggling, Bluepoint pretty much exclusively makes Sony remasters, and Kojima is already treated as 1st Party, so they just make sense for Sony to buy.
 

BitterFig

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Oct 30, 2017
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I mainly game on Sony consoles and see this as bad news. It adds no value to me if they buy a third party developer that was already releasing their games on PS4 and only hurts my fellow gamers that play on PC/xbox etc.

If anything I wish Sony would release more of their games on PC. Something like Dreams especially would be huge because I find the community to still be small compared to the potential that game has.
 

Mechaplum

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So much concern here but MS was literally cheered by era on when buying up studios. Tsk tsk. I never really liked any corporate buying up studios.
 

tareqsalah

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Nov 6, 2017
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It was inevitable, i feel like microsoft acquired these small studios to test the reaction of the gaming public. They announce buying studios as if they were announcing games.

Sony won't take the risk of microsoft suddenly buying big studios and publishers.
 
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I mainly game on Sony consoles and see this as bad news. It adds no value to me if they buy a third party developer that was already releasing their games on PS4 and only hurts my fellow gamers that play on PC/xbox etc.

If anything I wish Sony would release more of their games on PC. Something like Dreams especially would be huge because I find the community to still be small compared to the potential that game has.
Sony's main goal in making games is bring players to their platform. Porting to PC goes completely against that. Dreams is in limited access beta. Too early to judge any type of user base.
 

monketron

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Oct 27, 2017
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Sony won't be buying big studios. Firstly, it just wouldn't be cost effective. Secondly, most successful studios won't want to be sold anyway. The best idea is what MS have done. Buy small to medium AA devs who show potential but are always on the line financially and give them the budget to make a proper AAA game.

Sony seem to be going more down the route of expanding their existing studios. All means the same really, increasing exclusives output. If anything Sony's way may even be easier logistically. All they lose is that big e3 'LOOK WHO WE BOUGHT' moment, which to be fair is a great hype moment but hardly going to make or break a company.
 

TheSantry

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It's likely that these would be defensive acquisitions. Independent studios with a long relationship with SIE like Insomniac Games, Quantic Dream and Kojima Productions are likely purchases imo.