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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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firemassacre2202d ago (Edited 2202d 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

iamnsuperman2202d ago

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

guitarded772202d ago (Edited 2202d 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.

NewMonday2202d ago (Edited 2202d 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

sikbeta2202d ago (Edited 2202d 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...

DualConsoleOwner2202d 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.

BattleAxe2202d ago (Edited 2202d 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.

BattleAxe2201d ago (Edited 2201d 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"

Gawdl3y2201d ago

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

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hamoor2202d ago

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

qwertyz2202d 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.

lelo2202d ago

Why not buy Apple or Google? /s

seinfan2202d 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.

Whackedorange2202d ago

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

DragonKnight2202d 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.

Godmars2902202d ago (Edited 2202d 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.

colonel1792202d 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)

PirosThe4th2202d 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... >_>

DragonKnight2202d 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.

meetajhu2202d ago

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

jivah2202d 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

Voxelman2202d ago

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

Snakefist302202d ago

I just want Sony to buy Square Enx Nothing else!

Deeloc2202d ago

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

Malice-Flare2202d ago (Edited 2202d ago )

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

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zeddy2202d 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!

Cmpunk2202d ago

I ONLY WANT SONY TO BUY QUANTIC DREAM AND TAKE 2

hiredhelp2202d ago (Edited 2202d 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

showtimefolks2202d 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

showtimefolks2202d 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

beastgamer2202d 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.

Ranshak2202d 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.

subtenko2201d 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

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