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Forums - Sony Discussion - Herman Hulst confirms that PlayStation is not done with acquisitions yet

To no surprise. Pretty much all their second party partners have now been acquired by them, that leaves the more interesting third party acquisitions.

I reckon Sony is going all in. The Pictures CEO hinted at SIE's spend and iirc Sony expect to spend $18B on investments in the next three years. PS is Sony's biggest division, you bet a lot is going into gaming.

Now it may not all be acquisitions or devs. For instance Sony invested in Epic, Kadokawa and Discord. They bought Evo and a while ago wWise and Gakai (PS Now). 

IMO these are the studios/pubs most likely:

  • From Software
  • Kojima Productions
  • Arrowhead
  • Camoflauj
  • Ember Lab
  • Square Enix



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Square Enix is too big and also it wouldnt make sense for Sony to purchase them when Square releases all its big games with Playstation as the main platform (except maybe DQ but we'll see what the future holds for that).
Xbox has no benefits whatsoever from Square Enix.

Also doesnt Kojima Productions have an upcoming game/deal with Microsoft? I recall hearing something on that around E3.



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Rumour now is Kojima is doing Silent Hill with Sony from Gematsu. KJP I think is more likely, because the engine they are using is Sony's, GG lent a lot of their staff to help on Death Stranding, KJP has a satellite studio near GG and Kojima and Sony have a really close relationship.

On Square Enix. Sony has $40B in cash. Financing is done through stock and debt, so buying SE would not be hard for Sony. IMO they have incredibly synergy. Multiple AAA IPs and dev teams that make singleplayer games, most of their fans are already on Playstation, a CGI animation studio that can join Sony studios and help make movies, skits, etc for SE, anime licenses, the capability to make mobile games and a dozen or so RPGs, something PS lacks.



src said:

Rumour now is Kojima is doing Silent Hill with Sony from Gematsu. KJP I think is more likely, because the engine they are using is Sony's, GG lent a lot of their staff to help on Death Stranding, KJP has a satellite studio near GG and Kojima and Sony have a really close relationship.

On Square Enix. Sony has $40B in cash. Financing is done through stock and debt, so buying SE would not be hard for Sony. IMO they have incredibly synergy. Multiple AAA IPs and dev teams that make singleplayer games, most of their fans are already on Playstation, a CGI animation studio that can join Sony studios and help make movies, skits, etc for SE, anime licenses, the capability to make mobile games and a dozen or so RPGs, something PS lacks.

Agree with pretty much everything you said. I’ve been thinking for a while Sony buying SE could make sense. Most people don’t realize how much money Sony has. They could definitely make it happen if they wanted to. I’d personally prefer Sony buy Capcom instead, but I feel that’s much less likely. 

Another studio I looked into was From Software. I think their parent company is only a bit above $1 bil in value. And I saw someone mention they have anime properties as well—something Sony is obviously very interested in. So I think this could be a very real possibility as well. 

Ember Lab would be a great pickup. 

My top dream acquisitions would be Supergiant and Remedy. I adore every Supergiant game I play, and Control is one of my favorite games in years, and I feel both companies could blossom/thrive under Sony. These acquisitions are highly unlikely, but a boy can dream. 



I wish they would stop, they so far haven't bought any huge third party like Microsoft has but if they keep buying companies Microsoft will as well. Lets see what each of the big 3 can do with their existing companies for the rest of this generation, all 3 have more than enough now to continually release solid 1st party games.



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rapsuperstar31 said:

I wish they would stop, they so far haven't bought any huge third party like Microsoft has but if they keep buying companies Microsoft will as well. 

I mean it's basically the opposite. Microsoft started the acquisition war with zero prompting required from Sony, and I don't think they're going to stop even if Sony doesn't acquire anybody else.



brute said:

Square Enix is too big and also it wouldnt make sense for Sony to purchase them when Square releases all its big games with Playstation as the main platform (except maybe DQ but we'll see what the future holds for that).
Xbox has no benefits whatsoever from Square Enix.

Also doesnt Kojima Productions have an upcoming game/deal with Microsoft? I recall hearing something on that around E3.

I don't agree, I think Microsoft would gain MASSIVE benefits from a Square-Enix acquisition. It would provide them with the opportunity to gain even more traction in the west Asian market, most importantly Japan. Having Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest focused on Windows/Xbox would be a huge blow to Sony and even Nintendo.



rapsuperstar31 said:

I wish they would stop, they so far haven't bought any huge third party like Microsoft has but if they keep buying companies Microsoft will as well. Lets see what each of the big 3 can do with their existing companies for the rest of this generation, all 3 have more than enough now to continually release solid 1st party games.

Has nothing to do with Sony/MS. 

The general trend across the board is consolidation.

There have been 14 acquisitions in the gaming industry that were over $1,000,000,000.  9 of them were between 2020 and 2021. EA and Tencent made the most.

Microsoft will continue to buy more as long as they find it sustainable. Microsoft needs a lot of content makers to drive Game Pass. And generally it's been found to be cheaper long term, to make content in house, instead of continually spending more and more to keep the same content. 



pitzy272 said:

Agree with pretty much everything you said. I’ve been thinking for a while Sony buying SE could make sense. Most people don’t realize how much money Sony has. They could definitely make it happen if they wanted to. I’d personally prefer Sony buy Capcom instead, but I feel that’s much less likely. 

Another studio I looked into was From Software. I think their parent company is only a bit above $1 bil in value. And I saw someone mention they have anime properties as well—something Sony is obviously very interested in. So I think this could be a very real possibility as well. 

The issue with buying SE or Kadokawa is that you're buying into ALL their businesses. Does Sony need the manga, merchandising, film, and arcade sectors of SE? I'd argue no. Same for Kadokawa, who are in the book publishing business, IT solutions, education and travel. I'd actually argue that Kado's anime business isn't that lucrative for Sony: what they want is the distribution, which they have with Funi/ Crunchy.

Anything is possible of course.

Tridrakious said:

I don't agree, I think Microsoft would gain MASSIVE benefits from a Square-Enix acquisition. It would provide them with the opportunity to gain even more traction in the west Asian market, most importantly Japan. Having Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest focused on Windows/Xbox would be a huge blow to Sony and even Nintendo.

I think there is more chance of MS trying to get specific studios rather than the whole of SE. 



rapsuperstar31 said:

I wish they would stop, they so far haven't bought any huge third party like Microsoft has but if they keep buying companies Microsoft will as well. Lets see what each of the big 3 can do with their existing companies for the rest of this generation, all 3 have more than enough now to continually release solid 1st party games.

No one is buying Activision, T2, EA, Ubisoft. They are too big, will not sell (want their games to be platform agnostic), and anti trust will kick in.

Japanese pubs are on the restricted foreign investment list as well. 

MS started this. Time for Sony to make their move.