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Sony acquires Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet developer joins the PlayStation manufacturer's in-house studio line-up

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced the acquisition of Surrey, UK-based LittleBigPlanet developer, Media Molecule.

The move has been made in order to "secure excellence in game development for current and future PlayStation platforms," according to a statement from the publisher, with the studio's title having successfully created a dedicated community of gamers and creators across the world.

To-date over 2 million user-generated levels have been created by players and made available to the community for free, while the game itself has won over 90 awards, including 2 BAFTAs and 8 AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards.

"Since they burst onto the gaming scene, Media Molecule have proved to be a truly exciting and innovative studio, who have proved their world-class credentials with the creation of the incredible LittleBigPlanet," said Shuhei Yoshida, president of SCE Worldwide Studios. "SCE WWS is all about creating ambitious, innovative and ground breaking games, traits that Media Molecule clearly have.

"To bring them into our family proves our dedication to creating fantastic new experiences that we believe will cement our position as industry leaders."

And co-founder of the studio, Alex Evans, added: "Since Media Molecule's inception, we've had a uniquely close relationship with SCE. Over the years they have consistently shown their dedication to creative gaming and Media Molecule, not only through their support of the company, but their willingness to take risks and embrace our often unusual approach and ideas.

"What we've achieved already with LittleBigPlanet has proved this to us and we're excited by this new chapter of innovation and creative gaming, for all involved."

Media Molecule joins a host of other studios that now form part of the Worldwide Studios family. To find out more about the company, check out the most recent GamesIndustry.biz interview with Alex Evans.

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Dave Turner Director, PRM London11 years ago
It was just a matter of time.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 11 years ago
Good for you guys, I hope this works out well for everyone at MM.

Might I tentatively hope that announcement of LBP2 is forthcoming...? I love the first game; I think it's one of the most enjoyable and innovative major releases of the current generation, and I hope the series runs and runs.
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David Wicks Editor / Co-Founder, Gamers Heaven11 years ago
MM Announced a while back that LBP2 would prob never be made as it would be counter productive, instead they plan to continue expanding LBP with new features and levels...
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Benjamin Dixon Studying Computer Games Design and Programming, Staffordshire University11 years ago
I can't imagine Sony would buy them out if they didn't have something fairly large in the works. Have there been any rumours I have missed concerning a new project from these guys?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.11 years ago
I'm rather surprised it has taken this long. Sounds like a good deal for both parties.
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Solomon Lee Web-Based Games Reviewer 11 years ago
It was only a matter of time.
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