In a press release today, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced that it had acquired leading game developer Media Molecule, creator of the multi-million selling and multi-award winning PlayStation 3 exclusive title, LittleBigPlanet. Media Molecule will join as part of SCEs global development operation, SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).
In a strategic move to continue to secure excellence in game development for current and future PlayStation platforms, the acquisition of Media Molecule formalises the successful exclusive relationship with SCE. Michael Denny, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Studios Europe, had this to say about the deal:
The decision was an easy one after meeting five young, talented people with a massive ambition to redefine video games as we know them, followed by a fantastic exclusive relationship that culminated in the launch of one of the most innovative PlayStation games of recent years. Of course, LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction here, as it was thanks to you that it became a best selling PS3 title when it released in late 2008.
The acquisition will enhance the talent pool within SCE, protect past and current investment and ensure a solid base for future investment. Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.
The most important thing is that nothing will change from your perspective; Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games. Welcoming Media Molecule into the PlayStation family will allow us to better support their future titles and ambitions.