PlayStation Studios has grown quite a lot this year, with some notable acquisitions bolstering Sony's first-party lineup of developers. The most recent of these is Firesprite, a Liverpool-based studio that's already bigger than Sony's other UK teams combined. It's set to get even bigger, though; the developer has just made a purchase of its own.
That's right: Firesprite, not Sony, has acquired Fabrik Games, a small Manchester team. It'll be merged into the much larger studio, bringing the total headcount up to 265. It seems as though this acquisition was on the cards as part of Sony's plan to pick up Firesprite, which makes sense.
Firesprite and Fabrik Games have always had a close relationship; the latter team was founded by Graeme Ankers, managing director of the former. The studios collaborated to bring The Persistence to multiple platforms, and Fabrik has a couple of games to call its own: Filthy Lucre and The Lost Bear.
It feels as though Firesprite is being positioned by Sony as a major player among its first-party fleet. With a number of employees comparable to the likes of Sucker Punch, Guerrilla, and Bend Studio, we could be looking at a real powerhouse. We'll need to wait and see how any games turn out, of course, but this rapid growth is interesting at the very least.
Are you excited to see what comes out of Firesprite? Tell us in the comments section below.
With all this money flying around, might have to dust off the CV.
Firesprite is only down the road 😂
What happened to the blue point?
@dasd2 So far not much, officially anyway. They're working on more games. There wasn't a follow up to that "mistake" announcement.
Bluepoint aquisition.ember lab and that new aaa japan studio is all i want.word up son
Man, soon all these big publishers are gonna run out of talent to buy.
@playstation1995 Bluepoint and Ember Lab would be great. Which is the AAA Japan Studio you are thinking of?
Post Script: every time I see your posts I think of Cameo in a codpiece. Word up 😂
@themightyant Sony better snatch up Blue Point. I wouldn't mind having Ember as well. That would be awesome!
There is a roumor that Sony started a new Japan studio before closing Japan studio.
In the new studio there should be people from Square, capcom, Japan studio and others.
Roumor also stated that Japan studio was lazy and didnt work really well.
After trying to get a change but didnt work so closed that down and opened another bigger studio.
A studio purchasing a studio ? … what is this , inception??
@Neverwild I know Sony restructured the old Japan Studio and moved them into a reformed Team Asobi, but I hadn't heard anything about Sony starting a new studio in Japan.
Regardless this was talking about Sony acquiring new studios, they can't acquire themselves (or can they) so i'm puzzled
I had heard some rumours about problems at the old Japan Studio. I know a lot of people had fond memories of them in the early PlayStation years, myself included, but those years were long gone. I wasn't surprised they were restructured considering their output over last decade. They had become a support and porting studio for Sony and their own main releases were Knack 1&2 and Puppeteer. I'm optimistic that we will ultimately get better games than that under a larger Team Asobi.
@themightyant. Its a new aaa japan studio .with former konami.square enix.capcom devs .check it out.the reason why i always says word up son.its because im highly influence by old school rap music.im a black man from new york city.so thatsthe way we black people talks. Thats a fact black you dig.word up son
@playstation1995 Thanks for the info, looking into it.
Wasn't a dig at "word up son", you dig? It's just it always reminds me of that Cameo music video from the 80s and makes me smile.
Fun fact: Larry Blackmon the lead singer of Cameo was also from NY city. Peace
Will someone please list the known Sony studios and the amount of employees they have?
I’m really curious about Insomniac and Naught Dog.
@OmegaStriver insomniac recently implied they have over 400 employees now (that’s huge !) and a 3rd team working on a marvel multiplayer game. Naughty Dog probably 300+.
If this means now they have all the human power that worked in the persistence then good. It is a really solid game and i would like a horror first party ps game from that talent.
@SoSolidSnake i think another developer from sony is doing the mp marvel game. i wouldn't be surprised if the extra team is making either a new rachet game or a sunset remaster for ps5.
So...Sony shuts down Studio Liverpool (never forget, never forgive) in 2012 because it was too big...then buys up their remains (Firesprite) earlier this year, and have now purchased yet another studio staffed by ex-Studio Liverpool devs...and Firesprite is now their largest UK studio...circling right back around to the initial problem.
Clearly no one has learned anything and history is doomed to repeat itself endlessly.
@Jacko11 Do it! I'm sure Sammy would give you a reference 😂😂
@NomNom Sammy’s reference:
“He seems like a nice lad, loves to complain and call people entitled babies, but i’m sure he says it all with love”
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