Media Molecule Are Now Part Of Sony's First-Party Development Suite.

That is — Sony has acquired Media Molecule making them an official first-part studio under the SCE Worldwide Studios banner. Obviously, if you didn't know, Media Molecule made the brilliantly innovative LittleBigPlanet.
“Since they burst onto the gaming scene, Media Molecule have proved to be a truly exciting and innovative studio, who have proved their world-class credentials with the creation of the incredible LittleBigPlanet,” said Shuhei Yoshida, President, SCE Worldwide Studios. “SCE WWS is all about creating ambitious, innovative and ground breaking games, traits that Media Molecule clearly have.  To bring them into our family proves our dedication to creating fantastic new experiences that we believe will cement our position as industry leaders.”

“Since Media Molecule’s inception, we’ve had a uniquely close relationship with Sony. Over the years they have consistently shown their dedication to Creative Gaming and Media Molecule, not only through their support of the company, but their willingness to take risks and embrace our often unusual approach and ideas.” said Alex Evans, co-founder of Media Molecule. “What we’ve achieved already with LittleBigPlanet has proved this to us and we’re excited by this new chapter of innovation and creative gaming, for all involved.”</blockquote>

If you didn't realise, this is properly amazing news for the breadth of Sony's first-party line-up. In just Europe alone Sony already has several development houses, including Killzone's Guerrilla Games and Singstar's Studio London. Media Molecule are a fine addition to a SCEE banner that could only be complete with the addition of Quantic Dream.

Here's hoping Yoshida's on the phone to David Cage as we type.