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This sales doesn't do anything for me, no devs or IPs I care about.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

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Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

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I'm not sure how to feel about this. I haven't played any of the games under Leyou's umbrella, but they have worked on some big projects, especially on the multiplayer side of things. At the very least it diversifies their portfolio.

I wonder what Sony IP would be suitable for the RTS genre. Killzone Tactics maybe lol?



I'm surprised by the scope of this. Its a huge investment, over $1.1 billion, easily the biggest Sony will have ever made in their gaming division.

I'm guessing this is about china, diversifying their portfolio, targeting more platforms, the revenue streams of (multiplayer, f2p, mobile) with the potential for growth. I wouldn't be surprised if these developers all continued to make cross platform games. I don't really see an aqusition like this impacting PlayStation or the PS5 much. I'm probably overlooking something extremely valuable for Sony here. I'm not quite sure.

I'd prefer if they were outbid and even a fraction of that investment went towards building a new developer or supporting smaller studios.

Edit: Now that I look more closely,  I was completely wrong in my first assessment. It's probably not the actual IP they currently have. 

Leyou is just a holdings company based in Hong Kong. Sony are looking at the buyout option that would give them development studios in the UK, US and Canada, over 800 employess all with experience working on multiplayer games (Halo, Cod, Gears, Left4Dead) Also, Leyou hold the licence for Transformers. (After Spiderman, I could see Sony making more big budget titles with IP that hold existing brand power) and the LOTR game with Amazon publishing.

It actually might be a pretty huge move for PS and definitely multiplayer oriented. 

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DonFerrari said:
This sales doesn't do anything for me, no devs or IPs I care about.

Splash Damage could easily be folded into SIE to work on existing or new IPs.

PotentHerbs said:
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I haven't played any of the games under Leyou's umbrella, but they have worked on some big projects, especially on the multiplayer side of things. At the very least it diversifies their portfolio.

I wonder what Sony IP would be suitable for the RTS genre. Killzone Tactics maybe lol?

Resistance could work.

Already a large number of units over 5 games, and fairly easy to add to it.



I'm not sure how wise it is to buy a company based in Hong Kong right now...



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twintail said:
DonFerrari said:
This sales doesn't do anything for me, no devs or IPs I care about.

Splash Damage could easily be folded into SIE to work on existing or new IPs.

PotentHerbs said:
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I haven't played any of the games under Leyou's umbrella, but they have worked on some big projects, especially on the multiplayer side of things. At the very least it diversifies their portfolio.

I wonder what Sony IP would be suitable for the RTS genre. Killzone Tactics maybe lol?

Resistance could work.

Already a large number of units over 5 games, and fairly easy to add to it.

Sure it could be done. But is it cost effective? I rather they buy better studios or even better open new studios and or increase studios number of teams.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

twintail said:
DonFerrari said:
This sales doesn't do anything for me, no devs or IPs I care about.

Splash Damage could easily be folded into SIE to work on existing or new IPs.

PotentHerbs said:
I'm not sure how to feel about this. I haven't played any of the games under Leyou's umbrella, but they have worked on some big projects, especially on the multiplayer side of things. At the very least it diversifies their portfolio.

I wonder what Sony IP would be suitable for the RTS genre. Killzone Tactics maybe lol?

Resistance could work.

Already a large number of units over 5 games, and fairly easy to add to it.

Resistance seems to be the better fit for the RTS genre than Killzone now that I think about it.

Also, another interesting thing to consider, is Leyou's connection with SNK. Could it be possible for Sony to acquire the rights to this team too if the Leyou acquisition goes through? It would be another versatile addition to the SIE umbrella. 



Looks like Leyou is in exclusive talks with Tencent now, can't pursue anything else for 3 months. So no Sony for now.