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Media Molecule Officially Joins the PlayStation Family

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Mar 02, 2010 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Today we announced that we have purchased Media Molecule, creators of the beloved LittleBigPlanet, making them a wholly owned part of Sony Computer Entertainment. Welcome Molecules!

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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 and create and grow a fantastically talented team at Media Molecule. This was 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.

For more comments from Denny, and a rather exhaustive list of the awards that Media Molecule has earned over the past couple of years, click on over to the European PlayStation.Blog. You can find the press release, with comments from SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida and Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans, directly below.

Sony Computer Entertainment Acquires Media Molecule. Acclaimed developer of multi-million selling LittleBigPlanet™ joins Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios

London, 2nd March 2010 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it had acquired leading game developer Media Molecule, creator of the multi-million selling and multi-award winning PlayStation®3 (PS3™) exclusive title, LittleBigPlanet™. Media Molecule will join as part of SCE’s 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.

Media Molecule, based in Surrey, England, is the award-winning developer of LittleBigPlanet, one of the best-selling titles for PS3, a game that introduced gamers to the unique ethos of Play, Create and Share. Having seen over 2m user generated levels created for the community to download and play for free, LittleBigPlanet has completely changed the way people interact with games, whilst revolutionising the longevity of gameplay.

Having won over 90 awards for LittleBigPlanet, including 2 BAFTAs and 8 AIAS Interactive Achievement Awards, Media Molecule brings a wealth of experience and a highly talented staff into the SCE WWS family that will further strengthen the PlayStation first party studio.

”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, 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.”

“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,” said Alex Evans, co-founder of Media Molecule. “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.”

Studios across SCE WWS share technology, production methodology and creative goals to build the best possible experiences for users to enjoy the most from the PlayStation family of hardware platforms and network services. With over 2,500 employees, SCE WWS combines the talents of 15 game development studios in Japan, the USA, the UK and The Netherlands.

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+ BlooodyCow on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:14 am said:

Hay, can Sony acquire QD also? As fans of Heavy Rain and their work, we would like to see more games like Heavy Rain by them on PlayStation product.


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+ BrianC6234 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:17 am said:

This is great news. Now all of their games will be exclusives. It seems like Sony will soon have enough great first party developers and won’t even have to worry about third party support.


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+ EmpireNO on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:17 am said:

Wow! That’s awesome news. I love MM, the PlayStation family is growing more awesome each day.


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+ Worm- on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:18 am said:

totally agree with post #1, QD is very talented and having exclusives from them on the PS3 would just make the library that much more excellent.

On a note about the actual post, I think this is an awesome move. I think MM could definately bring new & innovative ideas to the PS3 that us owners are going to love. Nice move Sony


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+ BigBoss712 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:19 am said:

ah that is awesome, sackboy should be sony’s official mascot. :)


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+ TjokerM on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:19 am said:

Niiice! Oh can you PLEASE acquire Crystal Dynamics? I miss GOOD Tomb Raider games!


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+ SSJNeBiRoS on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:20 am said:

Congratulations to Sony and MM :D.


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+ BiezulbubBill69 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:23 am said:

This is great news!!!


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+ Hunter_xx_ on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:23 am said:

Great news, MM deserve it, I hope we see more games from them, and please buy QD


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+ Globox_82 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 am said:

didn’t see this one coming. Amazing news for both Sony, MM and of course US PS lovers


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+ jayyy91 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 am said:

“Today we announced that we have purchased Media Molecule, creators of the beloved Sony Computer Entertainment. Welcome Molecules!”


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 am said:

    There was a missing quotation mark in the HTML, making for that error #1990sfail


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+ explosive78 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am said:

Next up acquire microsoft, LOL!! Well this is great news. It’s nice everyone in the playstation family can share development ideas with each other.


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+ CruzaderXL on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am said:

Sweet, Mm rocks and needs the support from Sony to make quality games. Plus these days its 1st party games that are helping PS3 remain varied and unique in the business.


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+ NoobianGod on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 am said:

Great news!

Looking forward to a LBP in a 3D world! (Hint, hint, wink, wink!)


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+ Gibeon_da_Soulja on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:33 am said:

Nice!! Can you please acquire back the rights for Crash Bandicoot? BTW wheres my nextgen JetMoto and Coolboarders games?


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+ Rivithed on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:35 am said:

Congrats to Media Molecule and SCE! Looking forward to more fun times with your games!


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+ Kirkpad on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:36 am said:

WOOT! Great job sony and congrats MM!


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+ Hellman on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:38 am said:

Sweetness good job sony!


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+ depward on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:38 am said:

Grats to MM and Sony. MM did an absolutely outstanding job with LBP; can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the future!


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+ Zampano on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:44 am said:

Outstanding acquisition! Maybe Sony DOES know what time it is!


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+ Korbei83 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:45 am said:

Congratulations to both Sony and Media Molecule! So exciting!


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+ yukiboy23 on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:54 am said:

Congratulations Sony and Media Molecule!!!!!!


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+ moreintense on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:55 am said:

Something odd with the first paragraph?

“Today we announced that we have purchased Media Molecule, creators of the beloved Sony Computer Entertainment. Welcome Molecules!”

I didn’t know MM created SCE!?


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+ KwietStorm on March 2nd, 2010 at 9:57 am said:

Great [inevitable?] move, Sony. Can never have too many first party studios, especially when every one that You own is pure talent.


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+ olapbill on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 am said:

good news. Love their work. Now what needs to happen to get a New SSX on the system?


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+ MistaTricksta on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:05 am said:

welcome to the family!


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+ TwinDad on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:10 am said:

So more higher priced DLC on the way?


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+ Neil on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:18 am said:

Fantastic news.


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+ Sindred on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 am said:

LOL @ 24. I thought the same thing. WOW MM created SCEA!


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+ GamerMoney on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:22 am said:

Congrats!!! Sackboy for president


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+ redknight4 on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:23 am said:

why is the eu blog still giving an error 400 bad request. they might want to make sure the web server isn’t nat address blocking or that it has a date/time issue had a computer that thought there was a leap year due to forgetting to get the latest date/time/dst patch that released


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+ Kamiboy on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:27 am said:

Time to take gander back home, SONY. From Software and Platinum games could use a little of the ‘ol SONY love. The whole of Japan could, I want more Japanese games damn it, like the good old days of the PS2.


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+ Carl-G on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:32 am said:

EXCELLENT NEWS this is! ! ! ;P


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+ igorsport09 on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 am said:

OFF

There will be portuguese in the american version of God of War 3?


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+ Sindred on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:41 am said:

So we got a “Play and Share” Platformer with LBP, and we are getting a racing one with Mod Nation…

How about you guys try for an Adventure “Zelda” type Play and Share. Imagine the insanity of people creating their own little adventure games!


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+ sam_i_jam on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:42 am said:

Brilliant!

Now, show us what Mm has in store next. Perhaps at E3?


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+ Butters360 on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:42 am said:

Yay for Media Molecule. Now Sony, can you please buy Level 5 and Quantic Dream


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+ jncasanova on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:50 am said:

Cooool!!

Can’t wait to see their next games!!


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+ piratedrunk on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:50 am said:

Great news! Now purchase Square-Enix so we can get this ball really rolling.


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+ Xulap on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:51 am said:

This article gave me the chills!
I’m really happy for Mm, Sony, and every PlayStation supporter out there! That’s including myself.

Looking forward to a better future for PlayStation gaming.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:54 am said:

Awesome, SCEE is smart in securing 1st party studios, SCEA and SCEJ, well they’re not as smart.


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+ dragonmagician on March 2nd, 2010 at 10:59 am said:

“Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.”

This is what I am exciting about.


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+ wocyob on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 am said:

yay awesome…. sony really knows who to keep for first party studios… every first party studio really are the best games the ps3 has to offer or any system really :P


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+ Einhander138 on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:05 am said:

Now you can censor all your content together!


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+ NarcMonkey on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:08 am said:

And this is good news because?

Its worth noting that acquisitions don’t always, if ever, make for better games by smaller developers that get ‘taken under the wing’ of larger publishers.

Take Square-Enix for example… well I could just leave it at that, but look at how their franchises have seen less entries, and less QUALITY entries since they began acquiring smaller developers and publishers.

Lets not all readily celebrate the way big business tactics also mar the gaming industry. Small developers who create brilliant masterpieces should probably stay small developers, and not become part of a corporate structure that demands faster turnaround and controls the creativity of the artists that work for them.

“No we don’t” Sony will say.

Sure you don’t.


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+ narwhalSTAB on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:10 am said:

Great news. Welcome to the Playstation family Mm! Sony’s first party developers are second to none.


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+ mrdeadhead on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:15 am said:

sweet! i’d say celebrate by making all LBP add-ons free for a day!

ehhh?
*wink**wink*


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+ Frejim on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:21 am said:

Welcome!!!!


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+ narwhalSTAB on March 2nd, 2010 at 11:23 am said:

@Narcmonkey-
What the hell are you talking about? Sony has been one of the in the industry at just letting their studios do what they do best.

They never try to move first party studios or hire employees for them like Microsoft does, and they’ve always supported new innovative ideas and new IPs even if it means slightly less sales. This is nothing like Square-Enix.

And in case you haven’t noticed, Sony first parties pump out the highest quality games on the PS3. Just check the metacritic scores of first party games.


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