PlayStation’s rumors of new acquisitions are apparently a big one. Between reliable sources like Jeff Grubb and Greg Miller, we’ve heard for a few weeks that Sony is getting ready to announce a new acquisition. This week, speculation turned to Kojima Productions for reasons that are neither here nor there, after Hideo Kojima himself confirmed that Kojima Productions is independent and will remain independent. According to the aforementioned Grubb, the acquisition is “bigger” than Kojima Productions, which is a tasty tease for PlayStation fans, as this probably indicates that it is a publisher, as there are not many independent developers who are bigger and more remarkable than Kojima Productions .
“If you’ve heard the rumors of a major acquisition from Sony, it was never Kojima Productions, at least as far as I know,” Grubb said. “The people who heard this, including me, it was never a name that was thrown around. It was bigger than Kojima Productions.
It is worth noting that Grubb has been out of the brand in the past, but he has proven to be more reliable than unreliable. Moreover, he is not the only one who beats this drum. Typically, where there is so much smoke, there is fire.
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So who’s on the menu? Well, it does not appear to be a developer, as there is not really a single studio available that is “bigger” than Kojima Productions. Remedy Entertainment is tied up in a million different contacts. FromSoftware has a parent company that is probably not interested in selling. With these two apparently out of the board, there are not many options left.
This teasing suggests that it is a publisher. If so, Ubisoft seems a likely candidate given their recent games and PlayStation’s growing focus in Europe. Square Enix, Capcom, Sega, Bandai Namco and Konami are all difficult due to Japanese law. Take-Two Interactive and EA are probably outside of Sony’s price range, so it leaves little to be desired other than Ubisoft. The only other option that seems realistic is CD Project Red, the creators of The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077.
For now, take everything here – the report and the speculation it has created – with a grain of salt. So far, nothing has come out of these PlayStation rumors, and the longer it stays true, the more dubious the claims look. Typically delicious acquisitions do not, so the fact that this one did, either means something is wrong, or else it is the exception. None of them play in favor of the odds.