Sony buys Sucker Punch

Sly Cooper and Infamous creator Sucker Punch is to be a member of the Sony Worldwide Studios family, SCE’s announced. It’ll be the 16th studio to be snapped up by the PlayStation giant.

“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,” Shuhei Yoshida, president, SCE WWS, said of the deal.

“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.”

The developer itself couldn’t be happier, either. Says managing partner Brian Fleming: “We’ve enjoyed an incredible relationship with Sony that has allowed us to combine our creative design capabilities with their guidance to make some of the best franchises to hit the PlayStation platforms. Equally important, the relationship with SCE has provided us the flexibility and trust to take creative risks and invent new properties.”

“As a part of the Sony Computer Entertainment group we look forward to introducing more innovative content and providing consumers with exciting, new interactive experiences.”

The studio’s latest release remains this summer’s PS3-only Infamous 2.