The continuously growing Xbox Game Studios took another developer under Microsoft’s belt with Double Fine Productions just last month with the announcement at this year’s E3 press conference. Seeing the Microsoft is looking to reverse the reputation that surrounds the Xbox One with a weak first-party lineup, it seems that Sony is also on the way to acquire more developers as well.
Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun recently interviewed Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan where he shares that the publisher is looking to acquire more developer to add onto the company’s expansive, first-party software library. But instead of AAA developers that the company can put money down for, Ryan explains that SIE is looking at smaller studios to acquire.
Companies new to the games industry looking at the market with hope is something we definitely welcome.
Ryan goes on to state that Sony Interactive Entertainment already has an ongoing history of experience as well as properties behind the publisher, providing footing for the decision to look at lesser known and younger teams.
What this means is that developers like Insomniac Games and Remedy Entertainment that were previously speculated on the brink of acquisition by Sony are out of the picture seeing that Ryan emphasizes on fresh minds entering the gaming industry. Though this does not completely rule out the possibility of SIE looking to purchase the mentioned studios, it does not look likely for the time being.
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