Jade Raymond and Hermen Hulst on why Sony is buying Haven Studios

There's something a little different about PlayStation's plan to acquire Haven Studios. Historically, Sony likes to have a little dating period with a developer, where they might release a few games together before they get married. It's what happened with Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, Media Molecule, Insomniac and Housemarque. Yet Sony announced its partnership with Haven a little over a year ago. The developer may be full of established faces who are responsible for hit games such as Assassin's Creed, but it's still a new studio. It's still growing. It's not even announced the PS5 game it's working on, let alone released it. So why do the deal now?

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Nyxus317d ago

"Obviously we will always carry on making these single-player narrative-based games such as Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us, and Horizon Forbidden West," Hulst emphasises.

That's good.

solideagle317d ago (Edited 317d ago )

I think Sony slept on FromSoftware (after demon souls success)!
I wonder if Sony is looking to purchase a Japanese dev that would be cool. I expected them to buy Level-5 in PS3 days but now they are publisher. I love and prefer Single player games :)

Terry_B317d ago

What was the last Japanese studio that got bought by Sony and when?

Eonjay316d ago


It is my understanding that Japanese companies doesn't usually buy each other and that mergers are far more common. Like Square-Enix or Bandai-Namco.

SonyStyled316d ago

FromSoftware isn’t an independent studio though, so Sony would’ve needed to purchase them from their parent company. It’s owned by a Japanese media/entertainment company, or something along the lines of that, and they’ve owned FromSoftware since before Demons Souls if my memory serves correct.

z2g316d ago

But also:

“ The Haven acquisition will continue Sony's investment in live service and multiplayer games. ”

neutralgamer1992316d ago

This is all part of money already spent which is being announced now. There is still a 10+ billion dollar question that will be answered


Sony actually recently invested in the parent company that owns from software who btw made the request to Sony to invest


Sony usually invests like they did with square enix when they were going through a rough patch. They asked Sony to buy the shares and once things stabilized Sony sold back the shares

Japanese publishers are every different. Sony or Nintendo could buy anyone but that's a different culture over there and it makes it next to impossible for an outsider to buy a Japanese publisher


Sony is looking to buy big. My guess is they will target Capcom and square enix. But just like Ms Sony won't make all games exclusives. I think times are changing and we will see more cross platform support from both which is great

There will still be must have exclusives but some games are too big to keep away from others

LordoftheCritics317d ago

I think spreading out the acquisition portoflio between established and growing is not a bad idea.

A company with confidence in their values can acquire noobs and instill those values.

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rlow1317d ago

Well I’m sure all the acquisition going on in the industry motivated Sony to pull the trigger. But funny how quick Jade was willing to sell. Not even one game under the new studio. I think they must of been angling for this from the get go.

ClosetRebel316d ago

...must have been angling, not must of.

rlow1316d ago

Lol, thanks for the input.

gangsta_red317d ago (Edited 317d ago )

Sony must be betting big on this game to buy this studio so quickly.

Makes me even more curious to see what exactly it is.

Eonjay317d ago

I think this is the supposed first 'terobyte' game whatever that means. As long as it doesn't require 1000 gigs of space on the SDD lets do it lol. In all seriousness, It SOUNDS like some kind of MMO.

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jznrpg317d ago

If they make money from these games it’s fine with me if it’s helping find the single player stuff . I do t like live service as I do t have the time to play these never ending games and usually the quality is lesser than you desire . When I was younger I loved Everquest and FF11 but those are MMOs they are slightly different but are still live service imo. If they make a great hardcore VRMMO or MMO like EQ when I retire im in !

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