Submitted by eezo 721d ago | opinion piece

Studios Sony Should Buy To Knock Out Xbox One from Next-Gen Exclusive Titles Race

Well it's obvious that console which will bring more and better entertainment will rule ahead of rest, and when we talk of consoles, gaming titles are only thing which makes real difference. Nothing is more worst than watching your friend playing exclusive titles on his console which you can't afford to buy at the moment. Only way to bring more gaming titles or specifically exclusive gaming titles to their console is to buy more able and best studios who been developing excellent games for their consoles. (Microsoft, Next-Gen, PS4, Sony, Xbox One)

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ThatCanadianGuy514  +   721d ago
From Software

Any of those would be nice.Sony is sorely lacking a good solid RPG dev.Not saying they would need them to "knock out xbox" by any means.I just mean like, funding and allowance of freedom and creativity that Sony gives their first party would really shine with those devs.
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CaptainSheep  +   721d ago
Came in here to say this exactly. Level-5 has more of a chance to be bought but I honestly want ATLUS as a PS exclusive dev before ANYTHING else.
Need4Game  +   721d ago
Atlus !!!
sunnygrg  +   721d ago

Persona 5
Ni No Kuni 2/Next gen Level 5 MMO
Demon's Souls

I can't say I don't agree with you.

I would also like to see Tri-Ace in there though.
Abash  +   721d ago
Sony should buy Sanzaru Games, let them make more Sly games and task them with bringing back MediEvil next
HammadTheBeast  +   721d ago
ATLUS is pretty much a PS exclusive publisher already. Only a handful of their games make it to other platforms.
Sevir  +   721d ago
Nah! Level-5 and Atlus are too big to be purchased, both Publish their own games and love their independence... And have a number of sub studios in the major regions.. Level-5 has a studio in Japan, US and are getting ready to open another in Europe... Atlus is the same thing...

The one who'd be more likely to be purchased is From Software.
georgeenoob  +   721d ago
It's definitely going to be tough for them considering MS invested 1 billion dollars in exclusives. This is what happens when fanboys make fun of MS for not having as much exclusives for 360. Trust me, MS listens to the b*tching, then they go all out.

MS is known for their $$$. Sony, not so much.
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HammadTheBeast  +   721d ago

MS also invested $500 000 000 just for Kinect advertising, it only sold about 5-7 million more than the PS Move lol.

Also, Timed Exclusives do get expensive.
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pwnsause_returns  +   721d ago
I agree.. ATLUS is a great publisher/developer. they make great games. I love me some persona
psyxon  +   721d ago
georgenoob just stop.
creatchee  +   721d ago

"MS also invested $500 000 000 just for Kinect advertising, it only sold about 5-7 million more than the PS Move lol."

Kinect has cost between $100 and $150 over its lifecycle, which means that's anywhere between $500 million and $1.05 billion in additional sales.

I can has fun with numbers too!
YNWA96  +   721d ago
C'mon guys, relax... for every Georgenoob, there is 10 the same coming back... Hammad, good work with the numbers... you must have got that from the powa of the cloud. Sony are not going to buy studios, either are MS, its all about DLC deals, extra perks... both have 1st party, which cost a lot to maintain... This again is just another stupid article, fanboyism... total crap... this place is like someones wet dream right now... and childish...
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Fireseed  +   721d ago
IDK as is Sony is already the go to console for Eastern styled games. Investing more into the reason most Xbox gamers stick with Xbox isn't going to "knock them out" anytime soon.
Godmars290  +   721d ago
Only if they do more PSV titles. Aren't pushed/forced into making PS4 games and the required high budgets.

Likewise Atlus and Level-5 support the 3DS too much. Much of their value as companies comes from other titles.
Minato-Namikaze  +   721d ago
I think level 5 and atlus supports supports sony quite a bit.
MWong  +   721d ago
I would love for Atlus, Level-5 and FromSoftware to go PS4 exclusive. But as mentioned for sure Atlus and Level-5 are very big studios, so I doubt it would happen. Besides those studios love Sony.
Donnieboi  +   721d ago
Atlus for sure. If MS bought them, they would force kinect and milk them. If Nintendo bought them, they might not appreciate the dark themes and religiously offensive things in their series (despite the fact they are making SMT vs Fire Emblem, I doubt we'll see SMT's "demonic" themes, sexual innuendo's or religious blasphemies in a Fire Emblem/Nintendo game). But if Sony bought them, they'd just let Atlus do whatever.

But personally, I would like if NAMCO bought Atlus. Because Atlus can still put their games on multiple consoles (nintendo, Sony, ms, pc, browser, phone) without anyone having to miss out on their awesome games. But if Namco can't afford it, only then would I prefer Sony. And NO it's not cause i'm a Sony fan, it's because I want Atlus to not be compromised as a mostly underground, Indie-type, offensive, thought-provoking, politically-incorrect, religion offending, gruesome, spiritual, sexually provocative story tellers that they have always been.

Long live Atlus!
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Donnieboi  +   721d ago
Also, for anyone interested, there's currently a petition to get SONY to considering acquiring ATLUS from their parent company who is going bankrupt (Index).

Chaostar  +   720d ago
According to your petition link...

"Sony has confirmed today -- July 1st, 2013 -- that they have purchased exclusive rights to Atlus Games, and they will delegate them to SCE Japan Studio to begin working on new Shin Megami Tensei and Persona games for PlayStation 4."
CLOUD1983  +   721d ago
Very good choices I had those studios in my head also I really hope SONY buy some or all of them, & in general what SONY needs is first-party studios specialized in JRPGs PS3 era was atrocious compare to PS1/PS2 I hope next generation is better... oh how I miss PS1/PS2 days..
Gimmemorebubblez  +   721d ago
The biggest mistake Sony made was not to purchase BMG Interactive (Rockstar, Irrational) back in 2003. They were involved in talks but decided not to. Sony spent 2.5 billion USD last year on acquisitions (Gakai, Olmpus, EMI ditributon etc) but they have spent practically nothing this year. I don't think myself Sony will buy anyone major. In March this year Take-Two Interactive was valued ONLY at 840 million USD, almost a sixth of their all time high. I was suprized Sony, Microsoft, Activision or EA didn't buy them out considering they own the likes of GTA and Bioshock. I think Sony will acquire Quantic Dream, Ready at Dawn and perhaps Atlus (considering Index Corp's finances) over the next few years. Sony should continue to strengthen existing studios and continue strong relationships with external devs. While I think Sony WWS is good enough I can't help but feel they are missing a dedicated RPG studio. Hopefully Guerrilla Amsterdam's new team that is "supposedly" working on a open-world RPG can match up to the likes of CD Projekt Red and FromSoft.

Edit: Here is a list of what Sony WWS and partners are rumored to be working on. http://forums.n4g.com/What-...
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KiRBY3000  +   721d ago
very interesting link, thanks for posting it.
black0o  +   721d ago
Atlus Or Level-5 will be overkill
3-4-5  +   721d ago
We need 2D sprite Turn-based JRPG's.

There were 72 RPG's on the PSone.

We need to get back to that + tactical RPG's + 3D platformers.
fardan85  +   721d ago
Sony don't need to buy lots of studios. Only 3 studios, one for fighting games, one for RPG, and Quantic Dreams.

What they really need to do is to increase the number of employees in the studios they have, then split them and make teams. Let the new staff learn from the seniors, seniors should share their experiences, team work between all studios.
Imagine having 3 teams in Naughty Dog, one for UC, one for TLOU, one for new IP. Same thing for other studios.

Getting a yearly quality game from each studio. Each studio have 2 titles or more to work on.
nunley33  +   721d ago
I like that idea,that should happen. when the ND team split maybe thats why U3 wasn't as good as U2.It was good but not as good as U2 and the multi wasn't as good either.
fardan85  +   721d ago

I do agree with you that UC2 is better than 3, but UC3 is a high quality game. It's fairly close to UC2.
I can't comment on the mp portion since I'm not a fan of mp.
When ND team split into 2, we got UC3 & TLOU. 2 great games. I want the same with other studios.
nunley33  +   721d ago
from software is the more likely of the 3 but atlus's parent co. is going broke so they could sell atlus to get them a moneycheck.
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starchild  +   721d ago
Yes, that's all we need. Jeeze.

Buying up game studios to keep games away from people that game on other platforms.

That crap sucks. All Sony does is buy up studios to lock up exclusive rights to their games.

It's a horrible trend for gaming.
Ausbo  +   720d ago
Sony doesn't have the cash to throw around to buy random companies. They have enough.
ShugaCane  +   721d ago
This "Next-Gen Exclusive Titles Race" will have a funny turn once Naughty God reveal their next game for the PS4 :)

(cool list btw, Sony should definitely buy Quantic Dream)
HammadTheBeast  +   721d ago
Lol. Let them have their moment. It'll be funny once Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, and Studio Japan show their games off. Not to mention the other 14 studios.
PigPen  +   721d ago
It is funny now, Sony needs money. They aren't thinking about buying any studios, but you all are.
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itBourne  +   721d ago
I know lots of developers for Sony havent revealed their game, or are just coming off ps3 games still. Sony still has a lot in store for the ps4.
NeoTribe  +   720d ago
yeah, people seem to forget sony created another system selling ip last month "the last of us". at the end of a gaming cycle. You can only imagine the future of ps4.
Mr-SellJack  +   721d ago
damn people...stop calling them that,it's getting pretty annoying and childish,it might be offensive to them,they were once b4 jam software,naughty software but that's too much aswell as i love ND and they're the best this gen but c'mon
ShugaCane  +   721d ago
You know what. It wasn't even on purpose. I swear. I just realized I mispelled their name xD
tigertron  +   721d ago
Insomniac. Seriously, Sony should hurry up and do it.
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JoGam  +   721d ago
Insomniac must first learn to become a threat in the industry. I'm a huge Sony fan but they haven't really released a heavy hitter game. Resistance and Rachet games was good but it could have been waaaaaay better. Too many missed opportunities. I aways imagine then being like Naughty Dog but they always fell way short.
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Enemy  +   721d ago
Insomniac needs to stop milking Ratchet & Clank if they ever want attention again.And Fuse sucked big time.

Sony needs to buy Quantic Dream, Atlus, Ready At Dawn, Level-5, and From Software.
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HammadTheBeast  +   721d ago
Nope. Fuse was such a disappointment, it's just not worth it.
Ddouble  +   721d ago
They've tried but Insomniac doesn't want to be bought.

After Ratchet's success you know Sony would have bought them by now if they could but they said they wanted to be multi-platform.

Same with Quantic Dreams
bjmartynhak  +   721d ago
I can't imagine Quantic Dream being bought. Even if Sony promises some kind of liberty, it just sounds weird.
GribbleGrunger  +   721d ago
I don't think Sony needs to buy more studios. They need to carry on expanding current studios as they are now and perhaps, eventually, have each studio with three teams. There's nothing stopping them poaching the devs from other studios of course.
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Ddouble  +   721d ago
True for their western studios but the Japanese side of things needs a boost.

You have Polyphony and Sony Japan Studios only. They need a studio like from software or someone who can make good RPG's.
SoapShoes  +   721d ago
True and I agree but Japan Studio has many teams working under them. It's not just one team.
Majin-vegeta  +   721d ago
Hahahahhahah the pix alon is worth a million words.

OT:why not get Lvl 5?
Primal Rex  +   721d ago
And where does Sony get the money to buy from.....................There 've been in the red for frigging years!!!
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PigPen  +   721d ago
You ain't lying, but they never see it that way.
NihonjinChick  +   721d ago
Sony doesn't have to buy these to knock Xbox from the exclusive race.
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OSIRUSSS  +   721d ago
Just give me Dark Cloud for the PS 4!
itBourne  +   721d ago
I have been screaming for a new Dark Cloud for years! Sad thing is I dont know a single other person that has played them. Its a damn shame. Dont think the game was big enough. Level 5 will stick to Professor Leyton and Ni No Kuni.
Salooh  +   721d ago

I usually don't compare and enjoy all the games but Ni no sucks compared to dark cloud to me. It suuuuuuuucks !!!! Yes , i want dark cloud that bad. I even hate level 5 for not bringing it back and give it a chance to see how the sales go . It's not like people were asking for Ni no kuni in the first place and look how it went. In fact , people who enjoyed ni no will buy any game level 5 release so they either make dark cloud or no money from me. I waited too long and i'm not supporting them until they do what i want..
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Roper316  +   721d ago
while I really enjoyed DC and would love another in the series but to call Ni No Kuni a sucky game compared to it I do not agree with.

NNK is the best JRPG this gen imho just because it had the old school feel to it and didn't feel like they tried to westernize it like most JRPGS this gen. While I agree with your want for more DC I will not bash arguably the best JRPG of the gen.
Salooh  +   721d ago
I'm not saying that the game is overrated . It deserve all the praise and sales. I'm just saying that i want dark cloud. It gave me great memories not like Ni no. There is a demand for it not like Ni no . I would choose it over Ni no and that means something.

What i mean it's sucks that we don't get what we want. It's like asking for a crash sequel but we get something else. It's like half life to me. They say a big announcement coming and you get excited and hyped but when that time come you get disappointed..
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DVAcme  +   721d ago
Rogue Galaxy. Am I the only one that remembers that GEM of a game?
Cmk0121  +   721d ago
if its about money Microsoft has WAY more of it but if its purely hypothetical this makes sense
FanboyCrusher  +   721d ago
And kill the competition? No thanks, competition is healthy and keeps everyone on their toes.
EXVirtual  +   721d ago
Well, if I'm honest, bad competitors shouldn't compete. I've said this before but Microsoft have been using dirty tactics for a while. They even raided the Nintendo E3 best buy thing. And I'd rather not see MS moneyhat.
Fireseed  +   721d ago
Oh you mean that thing that was proven false? Cool. But honestly i can't imagine why anyone would want competition to go away.
Convas  +   721d ago
Oh they raided the Nintendo Best Buy event did they?

Where are your sources?
EXVirtual  +   721d ago
@Convas, I'm surprised you haven't heard.


Look it up on google, there aren't that many articles on it.
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FanboyCrusher  +   721d ago
Yeah that's why there just behind Sony in console sales, and I believe ahead in total software sales? Bad competitors my ass.
Fireseed  +   721d ago
I'm pretty sure we've heard but then it later turned out to be false.
starchild  +   721d ago
EXVirtual, you're just another Sony fanboy.

Competition is always good. If you don't like the products or approach of a certain company then you don't have to buy their products. Nobody is holding a gun to our heads.

I think Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all bring something of value to gaming. I wouldn't want to see any of them go under.

Different people have different needs and interests and that is why there are people that choose to buy each console.
SoapShoes  +   721d ago
I'd rather have Sega in the war than Microsoft, at least they were innovative and had a good first party. Microsoft was ok but they tanked half way through the 360's life.
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Donnieboi  +   721d ago
Microsoft's brand of competition is far from healthy for the industry. They buy companies ALL the time. Now it's Sony's turn. Weep if u must. MS can't buy their way out of the bad reputation they've built for themselves.
FanboyCrusher  +   721d ago
" They buy companies ALL the time." Not first party studios, not near as many as Sony. Sony doesn't need more, Microsoft does. More is better, but one clearly needs more. Besides one company can afford it, the other can't.
starchild  +   721d ago
I hate when any company throws money around and buys up already established talented developers. All it does is lock up and limit the games to one platform and alienate gamers who game on other platforms.

If you want exclusives, build an internal development studio from the ground up, don't buy studios that make games that are enjoyed by people on many different platforms only to have those games be forever locked away on one platform.

It's a horrible practice.

Sony has bought more studios than anybody, so I don't know what nonsense you are on about Donnieboi.
Becuzisaid  +   721d ago
Umm, I think Sony already has "won" the "exclusives race". Their games are already better, more diverse, mature and critically awarded than their competition's. Why spend money to buy new developers, just invest and make your current studios even better.
thetruthx1  +   721d ago
How could ps4 win the exclusives race when 1. The systems aren't released. 2. Microsoft has showed more exclusives and they aren't even made by Indie developers. 3. Which is me and a lot of other ppl's opinions ;) X1 exclusives shit all over ps4's lol
Becuzisaid  +   721d ago
Well you're entitled to enjoy mediocrity if you wish.
SoapShoes  +   721d ago
They may have shown more exclusives but Sony has more in development and you can make educated guesses of the future based on previous data.
PigPen  +   720d ago
They could always be outdone. Microsoft commitment with the Xbox One might prove so earlier then you think.
Relientk77  +   721d ago
Level 5
Namco Tales Studio

Let Sony continue to dominate in RPGs


Quantic Dream
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IH8YH  +   721d ago
That writer should first learn to use proper english and THEN write articles... absolutely horrible to read!
gamertk421  +   721d ago
That's because Gamepur is a joke of a website and is featured on N4G daily because of its Sony slant. The writers are not very good, but if it strokes Sony, it gets hits like a Cypress Hill bong.
EXVirtual  +   721d ago
Honestly, I think instead of completely buying studios and devs, Sony should lock lots of Japanese 3rd party exclusives, especially since all the JRPG fans such as myself have PlayStation. Like Square Enix for instance. I'm already loving FF15 and KH3, but I'm just annoyed their on the Xbone. I think it's because for now, Sony is using 1st party games as a selling point and then using some of the money from that to lock 3rd party exclusives. I know that KH3 and FFXV will run, look and even play better on the PS4 (because if you played a console KH game, the PlayStation controller is the best), but I'm still annoyed. So that's what Sony needs to do in my eyes. That said, I would like it if Atlus were bought out by Sony, because their parent company is going bankrupt. I REALLY don't want Persona 5 on Xbone.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   721d ago
I wish Sony had acquired 38 Studios after they had collapsed. Kingdoms of Amalur:Reckoning is one of my favourite games this generation.
Such a talented team of devs deserved better.
iceman06  +   721d ago
Not like they couldn't have gotten it on the cheap. But, they also had all of those tax issues to sort out so it might have been a more issues than benefits thing. Bet they could have acquired that IP and maybe the leads from the various development departments though (sure some of them have gotten jobs now).
DVAcme  +   721d ago
I completely agree. It was a dam shame what happened to that studio and to that IP.
turgore  +   721d ago
Just buy respawn. Why ? Titanfall is one of Xbox's biggest upcoming multiplayer games. Losing it would be a huge kick int he ass to microsoft.
doogiebear  +   721d ago
You say that like it's a bad thing.
SoapShoes  +   721d ago
It will happen probably in a year so they don't need to. Also, it really doesn't help the X1 any as it's on the 360.
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Groo  +   721d ago
People already enjoy Sony exclusives, Sony is proven. I think MS has more to prove in the exclusive dept.. Exclusives that people will actually enjoy, not just 30 new titles for Kinect.. A company can have ton's of exclusives just for the sake of saying they have the most exclusives.. bottom line the amount is meaningless vs the quality of them. You can have something that no one else has but if its crap then whats the point?
iamnsuperman  +   721d ago
I can see them buying the Ready at Dawn Studios but it depends on how The Order: 1886 does
Summons75  +   721d ago
I honestly don't think it will do that well but I could be surprised too. The reveal trailer didn't spark any interest so hopefully gameplay reveal can convince me. Ie been surprised before so I'll wait.
stage88  +   721d ago
It got some crazy recognition. There was a massive thread on GAF about it. My number one game I'm looking forward to next gen!
pabadamus1  +   721d ago
I had to stop reading after the first paragraph. There were too many grammatical and syntax errors. I am not perfect but wording such as " more worst" irritates me. I know English may not be the writer's first language but I just can't stand to see such butchery.
sentury111  +   721d ago
Microsoft should spend some of there billions on all these companies and change the game. Won't happen but if any company has the resources to do such a thing it's Microsoft.

It would be funny reading the comments if MS did make a grab for several of these studios and purchase them. Won't happen though because they aren't smart enough to do the obvious and spend the money.
dorron  +   721d ago
Sony should buy Microsoft and Nintendo...and Apple and Google by the way.

Obviously joking ;-)
PFFT  +   721d ago
If only they could afford it.
InTheLab  +   721d ago
Ms has no answer to ND, SSM, Sucker Punch, Media Molecule.

343 did a good job with Halo 4 but that's Bungie baby.

Lionhead might be dangerous without Peter M ruining games with pipe dreams. I'm looking forward to the next Fable minus his bs.

Turn 10.... People hate when I say it but no one buys Forza unless its bundled with another game and an Xbox.

So add the fact that indie devs are in Sony's corner onto there legendary studios like ND and SSM and they've already knocked out Xbox. ... And it's all MS' fault for not building up studios for core titles for the last two generations
sway_z  +   721d ago
Sony don't need to acquire development studios right now...Sony have ample 1st party and 1.5 party studios already. Plus, Sony need not waste 100's of millions on developers as they have only just gone back in the black.
modesign  +   721d ago
sony should by a advertising firm and a marketing firm to advertise/market their games, it would be a improvement from their current marketing strategy.
WickedLester  +   721d ago
Would never happen but..

Bethesda beeyotch!!!
modesign  +   721d ago
please no, i dont their broken games.
thetruthx1  +   721d ago
Microsoft has billions more than Sony and has bought 5 new studios to make exclusives and invested $1,000,000,000 into exclusive games
Summons75  +   721d ago
Do the people who keep saying Altus know that they are a publisher and developer. Nobody is buying them out.

I agree with level 5 and from software though.
WeAreLegion  +   721d ago
Buy Quantic Dream. Don't you DARE lose them!
lawgone  +   721d ago
This "article" and the picture attached are pure trolling. I guess N4G has given up on the appearance of being unbiased. Perhaps Sony has bought them.
WeAreLegion  +   721d ago
It's easy to have more customers when you don't treat your customers like criminals.
lawgone  +   721d ago
And your comment has what to do with mine?
WeAreLegion  +   721d ago
It has everything to do with yours. What do you mean?
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