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IGN: Ten Studios Sony Should Buy

Sony's powerful first-party portfolio of developers is unrivaled, and with its recent purchase of Sucker Punch Studios, the PlayStation's exclusive roster is only getting stronger. So which other developers might Sony usefully bring into the fold?

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firemassacre1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

1. insomniac
2. square enix
3. rockstar
4. ubisoft
5. bethesda
5. dice
6. codemasters
7. atlus
8. valve
9. visceral games
10.thq

realistically i want
insomniac
eat sleep play
square enix.
edit: and quantic dream

iamnsuperman1813d ago

by you list they might as well just buy everything.
Why stop at publishers go for Microsoft and Nintendo to s/

guitarded771813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

By his list, he doesn't understand the difference between development studios and publishers.

As far as IGN's list goes, I say screw Ninja Theory (they are overrated and clearly don't like developing for the PS3)... put LightBox Interactive in their place as they are under rated and like developing on the PS3.

NewMonday1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

@firemassacre

square enix
ubisoft
bethesda
atlus
THQ
Codemasters

all publeshers
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visceral games
DICE

owned by EA
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rockstar
owned by Take-Two
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insomniac
valve

want to stay independent

sikbeta1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

About SE, even if it's a Publisher, Sony can buy them easy, they already have some stocks, about Insomniac, if they didn't want to be bought by Sony, now that they're multiplat Devs, I can't see it happening, as for R*, It's not going to happen, making a timed exclusive deal for a GTA game cost millions already, imagine trying to buy the Studio, that would be insanely expensive, Valve, never, thq, Idk, don't see it happening with any of the EA studios, ESP can happen, QD it should have happened already...

DualConsoleOwner1813d ago

Sony is the second highest shareholder to SE.

First guy owning like 20 percent. Sony owns like 10 pecent.
other 20 percent goes to other corporations(Toshiba and etc)
and 50 goes to public.

Btw, owning 10 percent of shares is pretty big influence. especially if you are the second biggest stock holder.

BattleAxe1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

@ Newmonday

Rockstar is an independent studio that has a contract with Take Two.

Anyway my choices would be(if at all possible)..

1. Rockstar
2. Insomniac
3. Kojima Productions
4. Q-Games
5. Ready At Dawn

I don't think that I would like to see Sony buy Valve, but I think it would be great if we could see more co-operation like we saw with Portal 2 having Steam connectivity. Maybe some exclusive deals in terms of console exclusives for Valves games and in return maybe some exclusive Steam deals with some Playstation titles. I think it could help to further propel both platforms, and it would give Steam a huge boost especially with whats going on with Origin and Battlefield 3 not coming to Steam, along with the fact that DragonAge 2 and Crysis 2 have been pulled from Steam.

BattleAxe1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

I did a bit of research and I was mistaken, RockStar is owned by Take Two.

GTA3 - "Knowledge is king man, knowledge is king"

Gawdl3y1812d ago

Bethesda Softworks is not a publisher. They're a developer. Their publisher is ZeniMax Studios.

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hamoor1813d ago

I think square enix, rockstar, valve and bethesda are no way to be bought by sony.
At least not in these days.

qwertyz1813d ago

most studios prefer to be independent(free) that way they can do whatever they want however they want make exclusives(by signing exclusive deals with console makers) AND multiplatforms that way they make maximum profit possible.

lelo1813d ago

Why not buy Apple or Google? /s

seinfan1813d ago

In spite of the sarcasm, here's what Apple's, Google's, and Sony's stock points look like.
Apple (NASDAQ): 373.62
Google (NASDAQ): 579.04
Sony (NYSE): 23.14
I don't know what the points mean because I don't pay attention to the stock market; I just got this off my iPod. It doesn't look like they'd have the money to even think about buying those two out lol. It's crazy how a company that made a search engine does about 25 times better fiscally than a company that makes some awesome hardware.

Whackedorange1813d ago

Its more like that Apple and Google can buy Sony /s

DragonKnight1813d ago

Those numbers are how much it would cost to buy one share of the company I believe.

To buy the majority share of Google would likely take billions of dollars.

Godmars2901813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

Square is more a publisher at this point. There's also the question, aside from Nomura, that they have any actual talent left to support their IPs. Sony might be better off buying the FF franchise and handing it off to new blood.

colonel1791813d ago

Actually they would be better getting Nomura, after all, he is the one guy that does almost everything at SE.

It makes me wonder how SE would be without him (at this time, because I know that in the past there were other successful devs in there)

PirosThe4th1813d ago

They should make a special studio and get all the good people from Square Enix. Also get Hironobu Sakeguchi with Moonwalker back together. Then again Sakeguchi had a fight with Sony apparently and that's why he left Squere... >_>

DragonKnight1813d ago

Pirosthe4th: Sakaguchi left SE because he hated how Wada was managing the Squaresoft teams. He decided he'd create his own studio with old school Squaresoft management style, thus Mistwalker studios were born. He didn't like Ken Kutaragi from Sony, and that's all. Without Ken there, there is no reason for him not to have any kind of association with Sony.

meetajhu1813d ago

They forgot Ready at Dawn. And its impossible to buy Valve,Bethesda & id(zenimax),rockstar(take two),dice(ea) and Ubisoft.

jivah1813d ago

not quite impossible.. take two was going to be bought out buy EA for i believe 2 billion..im not sure though.. chance i may be wrong..either way its not exactly impossible

Voxelman1813d ago

@ jivah
Yea and Take 2 turned the offer down so it would at the very least cost Sony a pretty penny.

Snakefist301813d ago

I just want Sony to buy Square Enx Nothing else!

Deeloc1813d ago

they should buy square soft.then tell enix they f**king up final fantasy games

Malice-Flare1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

Sony already owns 8.5% of Square-Enix...

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zeddy1813d ago

eat sleep play might aswell be owned by sony, jaffe loves working with sony so why would he change anything?. Housemarque and thatgamecompany should be next on the agenda, maybe quantic dream but i'm not so sure they'd sign up. insomniac have already gone multiplat so i doubt much they'd do a switcharoo but kojima productions!? that would be impossible!

Cmpunk1813d ago

I ONLY WANT SONY TO BUY QUANTIC DREAM AND TAKE 2

hiredhelp1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

@ firemassacre
They never buy some of them. specially ubisoft there multimillion dollar buisness. they publishers and have inhouse development.

But if you wanted to live in dreamland and want sony to rule the monopoly of this market i pick 3 of them.
1 ubisoft
2 rockstar
3 square enix

purely because thoes are most lucrative.
Dice are i beleave owned by EA. but dont hold me on that.. But if they owned EA you might as well only ever be 1 console. LOL

showtimefolks1813d ago

we all want sony to buy all these studios but you have to remember it cost a lot of money so 10 studios could be bought over time maybe 4-6 years but now in an instant

1.Eat sleep and play will be bought out by sony aftre TM's release and if it succeeds. David jaffe has already said if right partner comes along they are willing to sell and he respects sony and likes working with sony so i am think sony is the right partner

2.Housemarque....I don't think this studio wants to be bought otherwise sony would be crazy not to buy them.(we have to remember every studio does not want to be bought out look at insomniac sony was trying for over a decade but to no success)

3.Insomniac games.Look sony has tried to purchase them but they wanted to stay independent so the only way i see insomniac willing to be bought is if their next game with EA does bad and they have a bad partnership with EA.(If sony can somehow buy Insomniac its a huge huge win for sony in present and future.BUT INSOMNIAC GAMES HAVE SAID WELL TED PRICE HAS SAID THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO PS3 EXCLUSIVES SO THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH SONY WILL STAY FOR HOW LONG WHO KNOWS)

4.Kojima just became the VP of konami he has been with the company for 25 years i don't see him leaving unless konami forces him to work on something he doesn't want and he leaves. Other than that he is not going any where and i believe most of his upcoming games will be on all next gen consoles maybe sony can strike another MGS5 exclusive deal that is quite possible

5.Level 5 i don't know a lot about but i could see sony going after them if WK2 does well.(WK2 will have a copy of WK1 on the same disk with the 1st game running on WK2's engine and they have fixed issues to you are getting 2 games for price of one)

6.ninja theory. sony tried to sign them to a contract after HS's success but they showed attitude and thought a game that sold 1.5 million on a new console was bad for them so there next game enslaved on 2 consoles didn't do that number. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THEY THOUGHT THE GRASS WAS A LOT GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE NOW IF THEY MESS UP DMC I CAN SEE THEM COMING BACK TO SONY TO WANT TO DO A SEQUEL FOR HS.

7.Q games. I am not sure about them but if sony feels they need to have more quality games on psn which they already do and many more coming in future than Q games would be a smart move if sony can buy them.

8.Quantic Dream. IF YOU ASK ME THE MOST LIKELIEST STUDIO TO BE BOUGHT I SAY QD IS NEXT IN LINE THERE NEXT GAME IS RUMORED TO BE ALSO A PS3 EXCLUSIVE AND SONY LIKES HAVE DIFFERENT DEVS AROUND THE WORLD SO THIS MAKES A LOT OF SENSE FOR SONY AND QD SINCE QD LIKES DOING NEW THINGS AND SONY HAS ALLOWED THEM TO DO SO

9.Sanzaru Games.SONY SEEMS TO HAVE A LOT OF TRUST IN THIS STUDIO SINCE THEY ARE LETTING THEM DO A SEQUEL FOR A TRUE PLAY STATION BRAND GAME. IF THEY DO WELL WHICH THEY SHOULD SINCE SUCKER PUNCH IS HELPING THEM I COULD SEE SONY GOING AFTER THEM AFTER SLY SINCE IT WOULD BE SMART TO BUY THEM WHEN THEY COME A BIT CHEAP UNLIKE IF THEY HAVE DONE FEW AAA GAMES IT WOULD COST SONY A LOT MORE. VERY TALENTED STUDIO WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION TO PLAY STATION

10.Thatgamecompany.IF QD I CAN SEE SONY BUYING THIS STUDIO AND I CAN SEE THIS STUDIO WANTING TO BE BOUGHT BY SONY SINCE SONY HAS ALLOWED THEM TO WORK ON GAMES THEY WANT LOOK AT FLOWER MOST OTHER PUBLISHERS WOULD NOT LIKE TO TAKE A RISK LIKE THAT EVEN FOR A DOWNLOAD ONLY TITLE

showtimefolks1813d ago

Codemasters was bought 50% by an indian company

Dice: dice owned by EA i am pretty sure

Ubisoft: forget about it too big too costly

THQ: same as UBI too big and too expensive

ATLUS: is owned by another company but i can see sony trying to get them since they have a great partnership with sony

SE:if FF series keeps going down and next dues ex does poorly and since sony owns a lot of stock in SE i can see down the road sony looking into it if only SE is doing bad and need help

RockStar:well RS is owned by TAKE2 and EA tried to buy them a few years ago for over 2 billion dollars and they refused because they said they didn't want to make a gta every year like madden or other EA franchises.(since than EA has gotten a lot better WITH EA'S PARTNER program that let's the studio own the IP they work under ea)

But someone again will try to buy RS and i believe RS much rather be bought out by sony than EA because of their great relationship with sony over the last decade

If somwhow sony buy T2 look out nxet gens will not be able to compete with sony but unless sony is willing to spend about 2.5 billion dollars its not happening

i think that's more of a gamers dream

but even if sony buys T2 i can see them letting RS make games on all consoles since too much money is involved and RS games sell on all consoles

so there you go no one asked by those are my thoughts

beastgamer1813d ago

Sony can buy Take-Two, but that is if they are willing to pay up, and I know they have the money two. All they need to do is expand, by letting some of the developers stay making games on different platforms. Now if this was Microsoft, they would shove a knife to take two to be exclusive and they would make take two feel like the next team bondi's employees. I think sony can handle a multi platform publisher. It would build Sony money. Keeping them exclusive would be a mistake and would probably force some of. The developers to leave since they can't expand. It would cost sony 2.5 billion. Now to be more real with this. If square enix fail with deus ex which I may doubt, but if they fail with ff series, not versus. Sony might be keeping an eye on them from a distant.

Ranshak1813d ago

Lol cant believe people actually supporting Sony to own so many stuidos.. how deluded.

BTW as a PC gamer i would just like to say having valve on that list is about the most rediculous thing i have ever read. Valve actually makes more money then Sony as a organization. The games division of Sony atleast only makes losses.

subtenko1812d ago

Basically they need to make an announcement:

"ok, all the good studios that are still left out there, come to this side, and all the bad crappy ones..yea yall just go and sit in that corner right there...heyy..HEEyyy...face the wall...!...FACE IT!!"

I'd be ashamed if Activison was bought by Sony...oh the horror or corruption D: could make for a great reality show.. lol

Agree or Disagree if you Agree

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iamnsuperman1813d ago

That game company are great but are they financially worth buying. Probably not

Persistantthug1813d ago

In fact, there is no better studio of that size that I know of.

Their small resume of eclectic games with their unique vision and view of game play....you could say that they are the MUCH smaller American version of TEAM ICO.

Probably wouldn't cost Sony an arm and a leg either for TGC, assuming they actually wanted to be acquired.

capitalK1813d ago

From Software of Dark Souls and Demon's Souls fame

trainsinrdr1813d ago

They should buy a nice big hard drive and shove it up microsofts software.

hamoor1813d ago

I can't see that happening..

MrSpace1813d ago

Although lets face it

it would be amazing :)

Finally a GTA game that uses full advatange of the PS3 and dosen't get dumb down.

hamoor1813d ago

If total graphical advantage and massive space and draw distance is what they seek then they would develop for the pc exclusively.

Althought the problem with gta is not that.
The problem is they ditched the fun factor and a lot of crazy thing that you was able to do in san andreas.

doom-gate1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

Sigh... Here we go again!
The difference between the ps3 graphically and the xbox 360 IS NO THAT BIG!!!!
You people always underestimate the 360 horsepower like if it was a s$&tty 8-bit console!!
It is right that it got bigger disk storage but,
so what if all that space is being held back by low ram and pathetic draw distance compared to even mid-end pc's.

Godmars2901813d ago

Well, considering that LA Noire was supposedly promised as an exclusive, that R* then promised Agent as one to make up for turning Noire multi, if they fall through on that they might have to turn themselves over just to make up for it.

kaveti66161813d ago

"Finally a GTA game that uses full advatange of the PS3 and dosen't get dumb down."

Replace PS3 with PC and you'd be talking some sense.

Why o why1813d ago (Edited 1813d ago )

I dont get it. Are people still thinking dvd9 doesnt hold back some games....if so then you wont mind dvd9 next gen. People also forget about drives in every ps. If you have to make a game knowing everybody doesnt have a hdd then surely thats a drawback. Im sure the ps would hold back some pc games for sure. Why's it so hard for people to admit this of the 360 without the deflection. Its not even like gta's were pc first titles like crysis for example. San andreas proves how much content can be included and we all know extra disks costs the devs extra money or whatever so isnt that a restriction?

*sigh*

starchild1813d ago

Why o Why,

That might matter if the hard drive installs weren't simply making up for the slower read speed of the Blu-ray drive.

It might matter if most games this generation were screaming for extra disc space. But the reality is that most games this generation fit perfectly fine on a DVD. There are only a few games that have required more space than that. And guess what? They simply use more than one DVD.

Yes, next generation will require a higher capacity medium, but this generation DVD is just fine.

Red Dead Redemption is as big as I ever need a game to be, looks fantastic, and all of it fit on one DVD.

If Agent ever sees the light of day I bet that it will not be so much better looking and vast in size as some PS3 fans imagine. It might have slightly better graphics simply because it is a newer game, but I bet in terms of content it won't be that different than other Rockstar games.

You see, the biggest limiting factor is the time and money that has to go into creating that content, not the actual physical space limitations on the disc.

sikbeta1813d ago

@Godmars

Sony didn't give a damn about getting LA:N exclusive anymore, they spent 20m cash for the development of the game, basically for the tech in it, but the game took years, Sony let R* take care of it and let it go, it's better for them to assure a R* exclusive, R* gets the profit form LA:N and uses it for another game which they have complete control, not just IP, but development as well and by that avoid all the problems TB have now...

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ilikegam3s1813d ago

How can they buy rockstar when they are owned by Take-Two?

Laika1813d ago

buy them from take-two???