Sony acquires inFamous dev Sucker Punch – details

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 08:07 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony has bought inFamous developer Sucker Punch, the company has announced this morning.

The move will see all future games from the studio, which becomes the 16th member in the WWS family, remain PlayStation exclusive

“Sucker Punch Productions is one of the most highly acclaimed development studios in the industry and we have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the company for over 12 years. We are delighted to officially welcome them to the SCE family,” said SCE WorldWide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

“The addition of Sucker Punch to SCE WWS reiterates our dedication to developing world class gaming experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform. With one of the strongest exclusive software lineups in the PS3’s history, combined with the diverse, innovate content in the works for PlayStation Vita, consumers have a lot to be excited about this year.”

In a separate interview with CNBC, Sucker Punch’s Brian Fleming said that there was only ever going to be one company that it would have serious discussions with about a buy-out.

“It’s just been such a productive and enjoyable relationship for us that I think that in all of our discussions the only group we really seriously entertained doing this kind of a transaction with was Sony,” he said.

“I’d be lying if I said other groups weren’t interested in a group like Sucker Punch,” added WWS US head Scott Rohde.

“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.”

Sucker Punch released inFamous 2 back in May for PS3. It’s currently at work on a new IP for the platform.