Sony Buys Infamous Developer Sucker Punch

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Sony announced Tuesday that they had agreed to purchase the already PlayStation-exclusive developer Sucker Punch, makers of two of the PlayStation’s most popular franchises: inFamous and Sly Cooper. The most recent game, inFamous 2, launched in June to good reviews and sales that topped the charts in the U.S.

The company admitted that the purchase was a defensive move. “I’d be lying if I said other groups weren’t interested in a group like Sucker Punch,” Scott Rohde, senior vice president at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Worldwide Studios America told MSNBC.com. “The bottom line is, when you’ve got a group that’s been as successful as Sucker Punch, we want to ensure that we keep them in the fold. It’s that simple. It’s hard to find high quality developers like these guys.”

The other strategy behind the buy was to ensure high quality titles for the PlayStation brand. “It’s something that’s been the strategy of [SCE] Worldwide Studios from the get go – making sure that we’re able to build a high volume of exclusive first-party content. Sucker Punch is a group we’re excited to acquire because they have proven with both Sly Cooper and most recently with the inFamous franchise that they can develop that new IP and they are very adept at doing so.”