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SCE Acquires LittleBigPlanet Developer

As far as business news goes, this seems to make perfect sense from all angles.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced that it has acquired Media Molecule, the designers behind the critically acclaimed and multi-million selling LittleBigPlanet. The formerly independent studio will now join SCE's global development operation and "formalizes the successful executive relationship with SCE." The idea of "Play, Create, Share" came with LBP and has proven to be a creative boon for the industry; other developers are already building upon that concept as the PlayStation 3 exclusive, ModNation Racers, once again puts the player in the customization driver's seat. With a total of over 90 counted awards for LittleBigPlanet - this includes 8 AIAS Awards - the Sackboy gem was one of the first great games for the PS3. Said Shuhei Yoshida, SCE Worldwide Studios President:

"Since they burst onto the gaming scene, Media Molecule have proved to be a truly exciting and innovative studio, who have proved their world-class credentials with the creation of the incredible LittleBigPlanet. SCE WWS is all about creating ambitious, innovative and ground breaking games, traits that Media Molecule clearly have. To bring them into our family proves our dedication to creating fantastic new experiences that we believe will cement our position as industry leaders."

Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans says SCE has "consistently shown their dedication to Creative Gaming" and he praised the company's "willingness to take risks and embrace our often unusual approach and ideas." You can bet we'll see a lot more from MM now, what with SCE at the helm. However, this may not mean LBP2; the team has long since said they don't need a sequel as the longevity of the original title is seemingly without limit. Either way, this should be a solid partnership for both parties.

3/2/2010 12:28:38 PM Ben Dutka

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Radical Gordon
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:41:50 PM
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Awesome, it'll be interesting to see what happens next.

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coverton341
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:41:51 PM
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Wow! And I only say that because I honestly thought that Sony and MM were already in bed together since the release of LBP.

What with all the DLC support and such for LBP and the fact that Sony have been using Sack Boy as a kind of mascot can you blame my confusion?

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Cavan
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:47:58 PM

i thought likewise

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Odd Child
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:17:57 PM

Same here, especially the introduction at E3

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:28:36 PM

@Coverton,
LOL
Yeah, SCE & MM were in bed together, but now they gone ahead and consummated the relationship.

Shame you missed the wedding though, it was "simply mahhhhhvalous"....

MGS4 & KZ2 provided security, keeping the paparazzi away,

both Kratos and Ratchet & Clank provided the entertainment,

free open bar was provided by Blue Lagoon,

ModNationRacers provided all the limos to the church & reception.

And MR & MRS LittleBigSCE Planet's 2 week honeymoon Rapture was courtesy of Bioshock travel agency.

Please be advised: gabby newell & booby kotex were turned away at the gate numerous times

Oh BTW, Sackboy made a cute ringbearer!!!

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0_o
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:42:25 PM
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The best of the best! :P

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:43:35 PM
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Hey Sony, a couple of guys from Infinity Ward are up for grabs too.

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Imagi
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:43:42 PM
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This can only be good news. Am sure Sony will want to further push the "Play, Create, Share" mould.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:46:41 PM
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Good move, Sony!
They seem to have a knack for finding (and buying) the best developers out there. Sony invests their money wisely by buying studios and resources instead of spending millions just to have time exclusive rights to one game...

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coverton341
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:52:36 PM

Who would of thunk it huh?

Buy and fund great developers to secure future titles and market share or buy and fund current projects to secure an immediate advantage over something in hopes that ever time you do it it will be the killing blow.

It's like education versus a decent paying immediate job. Sure the immediate job will pay off right now but you will always be in the same pay bracket for the most part. The educational route takes longer and you don't see the immediate benefits but in the long term it pays off higher.

Sony an educated company or Microsoft the manager of the Burger King down the street.

No offence to any Burger King managers, I'm sure you're doing just fine.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:47:38 PM
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Excellent move by Sony! Future first party titles just got better.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:52:33 PM
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Another added to the Sony/Playstation Empire.

Now they just need to make an offer to Square and Kojima Pro.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 7:14:42 AM

I'd say Level 5. They're loyal to Sony anyway but, if any major new company should be had, it should be Level 5.

They're getting bigger and bigger, it would be great for Sony to stop SquareEnix from happening again with Level 5.

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Shams
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 12:53:38 PM
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Bobby Kotick should take notes: "How to treat a prized studio."

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Oyashiro
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:11:32 PM
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Good move by Sony. Not only did they secure a great company but now MM will most likely be getting more resources and funding.

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:17:07 PM
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"willingness to take risks and embrace our often unusual approach and ideas"

That's actually a very nice compliment by Evans. Sony has not gone stagnant in it's efforts to bring entertainment to the masses. Sure motion controls took off because of virtual bowling, but Sony has never turned it's back on new ideas and creativity.

Bringing this kind of developer into it's family shows just how broad minded Sony really is.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:40:50 PM

That's probably the best thing about the Playstation franchise, they're not unwilling to publish or help finance a game even if it's totally unorthodox because they think it's interesting. Unique-ness ftw.

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Karosso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:45:16 PM

So True...
But it also gets me thinking... Maybe Sony saw their new project their working on right now and decided its time to bring them in. Can't wait to see what's next for them.

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sunspider13
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:55:12 PM
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This is awesome news.

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Club80
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 1:55:14 PM
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This news makes me smile. :-)

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Karosso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:06:47 PM
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What I love about Sony is that if tomorrow MM tells them they want to develop a FPS Sony will say "be my guest".
Its always no strings attached.

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Taha1
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:12:45 PM

I dont know if they're THAT broad minded.
They'd probably want to see what they were thinking of first.

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Gone
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:18:11 PM
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Now Sony should acquire Square Enix.

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Karosso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:36:53 PM

Last I heard many years ago, Sony owned 19% of Square but, not 100% sure that is still the case...

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Karosso
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:25:48 PM
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@Taha1

Look at what kind of games insomniac used to make before Resistance.
As long as they have faith in the developer, Sony seems to be pretty supportive of innovation in every way.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:34:55 PM

Actually, Insomniac's first game was an FPS on the PSX called Disruptor. Then they went to Spyro.

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:29:56 PM
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Great move on Sony's part.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:45:12 PM
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I still don't like the idea that MM doesn't want to make a LBP sequel. I think it would be a great thing to do. I have no idea what else they have up their sleeve, though. I'd love to see a LittleBigGalaxy or Universe. There is so much more they can do with it.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:56:27 PM

But the thing is that MM can just expand on LBP rather than create a sequel. They can do an "update" and then offer expansions through the PS Store.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:55:41 PM
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Smart move by Sony.

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FxTales
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:56:43 PM
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Sony sounds like they have learnt to put a lot of faith in their developers and given them a lot of leverage. Nice to hear these developers have a good relationship with Sony and not just Media Molecule.

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tumbletunnel
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 2:57:33 PM
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Best move this year. Now go and talk to Rockstar and Kojima Productions!

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:21:07 PM
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Now sony should try to purchase United Front Games but continue to allow them to work freely.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:28:56 PM
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Sony=gamer's interest. PERIOD.

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godsman
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:43:31 PM
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This is why I respect Sony more than Microsoft this gen. They are spending the money to develop games that are innovative, rather than spending the money to keep other platforms from playing the game.

By the way is the developer that is making Mod Nation Racers any good?

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Superman915
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 3:44:44 PM
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Great job, i cannot wait for Modnation Racers.

Buy Atlus next! Keep Demon's Soul in Sony!

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:32:52 PM

Oooo that would be a goooood one.

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fstop
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 4:44:28 PM
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Team ICO
MM
Naughty Dog
Santa Monica Studios
SOE
SCE Japan Studio
Guerilla
Clap Handz
...Something is missing...hhhmmmmmm....!!!...
!!!QUANTIC DREAM!!!!

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 8:57:41 AM

and Insomniac =p

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 5:44:59 PM
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United front games is making modnation racers, thats why i suggested sony purchase them as well.
sony could own the entire create, share genre. that would be awesome.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 6:02:15 PM
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awwww maybe they making a sequel already! i heard GTTV was gonna anounce a sony sequel the next episode!! what could it bE!!! Resistance? Heavenly sword? Kh3??? gogogo sonY!!!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 7:24:23 PM
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Effing beautiful!

That's how you do it!

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 @ 9:39:55 PM
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Sony! Quick, while you've got your checkbook out,...
entice IW into the PS stable too!!!

And please do it before MS has a chance of tainting IW with their slimy ways, filthy tricks, and tons of dirty slush money.

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___________
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 12:42:14 AM

IW has already been tainted, 2 of the lead designers from visceral are apparently replacing the guys who were escorted yesterday.

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Qwarktast1c
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 12:48:30 AM

@ bikersaint

wow you made MS sound like the crooked politicians in government lol

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jerocarson
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 12:21:17 AM
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For those saying Sony needs to buy IW. i say NO.. sony has too many studios creating FPS.. i will like QD. Sony as always been about diversity, why should they buy another developer who knows how to create FPS only..
Syphon Filters 4 pls...
And i have lost hope in BEN, the secrete exclusive does not exist and i not going to ask about it again...
E3 GDC and DP will be here soon...

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 2:42:57 PM

@Qwarktast1c,
LOL

They are!
MS wants to take & rule the world.
Can't get any more political than that.

M$kynet, anyone?????

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jerocarson
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 12:22:18 AM
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For those saying Sony needs to buy IW. i say NO.. sony has too many studios creating FPS.. i will like QD. Sony as always been about diversity, why should they buy another developer who knows how to create FPS only..
Syphon Filters 4 pls...
And i have lost hope in BEN, the secrete exclusive does not exist and i not going to ask about it again...
E3 GDC and DP will be here soon...

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___________
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 12:45:21 AM
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sweet, does that mean they can finally cut the price of little big planet psp?
GTA chinatown wars released at 60 and is now 45.
assassins creed bloodlines released at 60 now is 40.
little big planet psp released before those at 60 and is STILL! 60.
NO psp game, i repeat NO psp game is worth 60 bucks!

now all they have to do is aquire quantic dream, united front games (the guys doing mod nation racers, and the new true crime game)and there set!
o, and throw in epic and remedy for good measure.

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just2skillf00l
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 1:08:49 AM
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+1 for the good guys!

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Robochic
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 3:46:39 AM
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Smart move, now Sackboy is our forever MWAHAAA, now i can rub this in my friends faces who once again thought they would make a similar game like LBP for the xbox HA! I think my friends are in denial, they really want all ps3 exclusives but have this huge loyality to xbox? it's like they are afraid if they switch to PS3, MS will come down on them LOL.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 @ 2:49:50 PM
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Robochic,
What fanboys, but if they're really that bad, do we even want them anywhere near our beloved PS3's and PSN???LOL,

I was just thinking.....this is the perfect opportunity for you to mess with their heads now.........

Just tell em M$kynet's is watching their every move!

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