Gamesindustry: "With Microsoft snapping up major studios and publishers in recent years, we look consider the implications for Sony."
buying more studios wouldn't be a bad thing but i wouldn't say they need to.
Expanding current studios with multiple teams seem like the way to go. Especially with Sony's latest acquisition of Insomniac. $230 Million, Spider-Man in 2018, 3 DLC in 2019, Miles Morales 2020, Ratchet & Clank in 2021, and definitely working on Spider-Man 2. That's just one studio and every title released is filled to brim with quality. If any purchases are made, Housemarque and Bluepoint seems like a natural decision. But I don't believe they *need* to be purchased as those existing partnerships and relationships is what will prove the most valuable.
"Expanding current studios with multiple teams seem like the way to go" Yeah, and to think if there are at least 2 teams for Naughty Dog, Insomniac Games, Sucker Punch, Guerilla Games, and Sony Santa Monica. Thats 10 potential games coming from 5 studios out of the 14-15 studios they have in total. Sony has been slowly developing and investing so much effort into allowing these successful studios to have multiple teams so they can have the flow of exclusives as if they had more studios than they actually do. Im curious to know how many of the Xbox studios have multiple teams working on completely different games.
I can't express how amazing it is that insomniac has 3 titles ready for launch window. They'll basically have paid for the acquisition with miles and the remaster
3rd party deals to supplement their 1st party offerings like ff16
I don't think they need to tbh they produce enough games for their audience
The purchase war is not about having “games”... it is about collecting patents etc for market control. Microsoft will never change their approach on game making. They have been in the business for far too long to ignore this fact. So, if Sony were to approach this war, it is to protect themselves against said take overs from Microsoft, google, etc... Sad... but true
Exactly so they definitely need to buy housemarque bluepoint kojima and etc. Because if they don't other may steal them from Playstation like how Microsoft stealed enslave studio or Facebook stealed the order studio from sony. Sony should have been more agresivo and purchased them since they had a great relationship. So next ones are the ones mentioned above and also square enix
They will likely buy studios who already have a good relationship with them and basically already make exclusives for them. At some point, they will buy Bluepoint Games and Housemarque, it's almost a guarantee. Bluepoint is definitely coming sooner rather than later especially with Demon's Souls.
Blueprint would be nice to see because I’d like to see what they could do with a new IP. Being under Sony’s umbrella would possibly give them the chance to break out and do something new. If of course that’s what they want to do
I'd actually like Bluepoint to keep on with the remakes, I like the idea of one studio making top quality remakes of classic games that are showing their age.
i dont think its necessary, but acquiring some raw talent would be absolutely a plus for sony
Well let's see, just in 2020 we have gotten Nioh 2, The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Dreams, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, MLB The Show 2020, and we are still getting Miles Mirales, Demon's Souls, Astrobot's Playroom, and Sackboy's Adventure. We are eating GOOD over here on PlayStation! I really don't feel like Sony NEEDS to buy more studios in terms of increasing their output to their userbase. I think they are already doing a fantastic job as far as that's concerned. The only reason I could see them acquiring more studios is to merely prevent MS from buying them.
2021 looking amazingly sweet with Ratchet and Clank, GT7, Horizon and God of War and continues support for Dreams. For 2022 not sure which projects could be ready but I'm sure Naughty Dog would have something by then. Londen studio probably as well in case of a vr2. There is also the second team of Guerilla that might release a certain rumored shooter.
You can, but they're just going to keep developing new IPs sooo
It is good to have more game studios but it is more than that. It's about growing current studios. It's about managing those studios. Making sure they are delivering quality games.
I only really think they should buy up bluepoint and if possible from software. Only two I think they need. Oh and if it ever becomes a good deal capcom.
Agreed. Like with Insomniac, it just makes sense. I also hope they acquire Housemarque and Kojima Productions. Those would all be good fits in Sony's 1st party stable.
Kojima seems a dream match and then hopefully Sony can act as Mediator and get Konami to stop being such dicks about the MGS franchise and let Kojima develop another one. MGSV just felt unfinished and the franchise definitely deserves a better swan song.
"MGSV just felt unfinished" And I guarantee you that no one is more bothered by that than Kojima himself.
Bluepoint makes the most sense right now. It's a quality studio that already has a great relationship with Sony. Their technical expertise will fit right in with the likes of Naughty Dog, Guerilla, Santa Monica, Sucker Punch and Insomniac. They might even help Sony to make backwards compatible titles run smoother / look better. They could also revive some of Sony's dormant IPs by making remakes and potentially sequels in colaboration with other studios. Of course there is always the possibility of creating a new original IP if they want to do that as well. There's just so much potential there and it seems like a perfect fit. Other than that I don't think they should buy more studios at the moment and instead keep expanding their existing studios, eventually spinning them off into new ones when they become too big. They might want to bolster the japanese side of things, but I don't see any immediate acquisitions that would make a ton of sense there.
I can’t afford Sony buying new studios. Every studio they aquire makes amazing games that has to be bought. There is already too many masterpiece games released exclusive to Sony consoles as it is. Please stop ruining me. /smiling
I think one big studio purchase will do nicely Either Capcom or Warner bros and just go from there as they both have great games and talented studios
I still feel they don't need to, but expanding existing studios might make development faster...without the crunch. I still feel they need a good r.p.g studio or brand. Larian with sony tools might be a good buy. Bluepoint doing a few r.pg remakes like legend of dragoon might also work. Sega or capcom , konami for a few exclusives.
They have a pretty spectacular array of talent as it is, only Nintendo really matches their output. I would love to see them develop a JRPG however.
The smarter way might be expanding their studios that already have a great track record to make more games. I believe this is what they already are doing.
Nah Sony good
Can Sony do that? Their pockets definitely not as deep as MS. I say, no, they don't need to.
If someone bought From Software or Atlus, the internet would MELT DOWN. I'd love to see them buy Bluepoint though. They seem a perfect match. They should probably look into forming lasting relationships to open up their options, just in case MS keeps being aggressive with first party studio purchases. On MS side, they need to show and not tell. IMHO, they don't need more gamepass filler, they need real AAA games to come out asap, that I would be jealous not to play. Big tentpole AAA hardcore titles are needed, not small experimental games with strange themes and cartooney outdated graphics and slapped on co-op trying to capture Fortnite's lightning in a bottle without taking major risks. I know those kind of flavor games can be really good, but I'd prefer meat and potatoes until they can actually establish a good first party game library.
'Major studios' - what a laugh, most were on the verge of bankruptcy. Sony has made smart buys over the years and grown internally. Sure another studio or 2 wouldn't be a bad thing - but they've still got to manage and get the best out of a heap of studios already. Look what 343i done without the proper management.
If they were to, Bluepoint is a no-brainer.
I rather the studios they have be allowed the freedom to break away from what they usually do. I wonder if Evolution and Liverpool would've still been around if they made other than just racers. Would like to see San Diego go back to modnation racers, and do something else other than MLB. idk I just hate the thought of going into game development and doing 1 thing for decades
The studio's they have release bangers and top quality exclusives. Can't say much about that other console.
No. Hire more devs to accommodate two teams each ala Naughty Dog & Insomniac. Shouldn’t be having to outsource LBP spin-offs to Sumo Digital. Expand MM so they can output more than 1-2 games per gen. Guerilla Games should have two teams. One for HZD one for KZ. Sony already have good IP just sitting there. Resistance, Warhawk, Twisted Metal, Socom missed PS4 entirely. Failing that, picking up a dead IP would be fine. PS3 had Flow/Flower/Journey from ThatGameCompany. No followup on PS4. Sony just added new Journey avatars, so the IP’s on someone’s mind.
I don't think they need to but more couldn't hurt
They should've bought Bluepoint a long time ago. Masters of the remaster and remake. Don't let them work for anyone else.
Yeh PlayStation doesn’t need to buy new studios their strategy of expanding their own to build new ones is smart but it would be cool for them to acquire a big studio but why do that they’ve been doing great without buying anyone other than insomniac a while ago
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