Sony Computer Entertainment and LittleBigPlanet-developer Media Molecule (MM) have announced an official joining, whereby the former has X Mm!'d the latter (that is to say, acquired). This effectively makes MM a first-party developer to Sony, much like Rare is to Microsoft, for example.
"The decision was an easy one, after meeting five young, talented people with a massive ambition to redefine video games as we know them, followed by a fantastic exclusive relationship that culminated in the launch of one of the most innovative PlayStation games of recent years," said Michael Denny, Senior Vice President of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe. "Of course, LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction here, as it was thanks to you that it became a best selling PS3 title when it released in late 2008."
"The acquisition will enhance the talent pool within SCE, protect past and current investment and ensure a solid base for future investment. Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.
The most important thing is that nothing will change from your perspective; Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games. Welcoming Media Molecule into the PlayStation family will allow us to better support their future titles and ambitions."
Sony has "welcomed the Molecules" in their announcement. Meanwhile, MM are calling it a marriage, saying, "After a whirlwind romance, and one beautiful child together, we are immensely excited to announce our engagement to our long term best friend and life partner, Sony Computer Entertainment!" Topping it off, they're celebrating with some Elton John, having posted the following tune on their official website:
In a sometimes very harsh business, it's great to see a fresh new developer "make it." We extend our congratulations to both Sony and Media Molecule.