Sony Computer Entertainment announced today Sucker Punch Productions, creators of the top-selling Sly Cooper and inFamous franchises, joins the global development operation of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS). I can’t say that I am surprised by this news, inFamous 2 seems to have done extremely well. Sony definitely seems to be looking to beef up their internal studios and Sucker Punch is a great choice.
Based in Bellevue, Washington, Sucker Punch Productions is the award-winning developer of the Sly Cooper series for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the inFamous franchise on the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, with combined franchise sales surpassing seven million units worldwide. Building on an already strong working relationship between Sucker Punch and Sony Computer Entertainment America, the acquisition brings a studio that has pioneered open world technology innovation formally into the PlayStation family and adds another creative force within SCE WWS. Its day-to-day operations will continue to be run by the current management team and company founders in conjunction with SCE WWS Foster City Studio. Financial terms of this arrangement are not disclosed.