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