Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has announced that they have acquired leading game developer and long-time partner Sucker Punch Productions, creators of the top-selling ‘Sly Cooper’ and ‘inFamous’ franchises. The addition of Sucker Punch Productions marks the sixteenth studio to join Sony.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Sucker Punch Productions is the award-winning developer of the Sly Cooper series for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the inFamous franchise on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, with combined franchise sales surpassing seven million units worldwide. Best known for signature creative talents, including award winning animation and art direction, visual style, immersive storylines, strong characters and highly interactive worlds, Sucker Punch has created some of the most successful games in PlayStation history.

“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,” said Shuhei Yoshida, president, SCE WWS.  “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. With one of the strongest exclusive software lineups in the PS3’s history, combined with the diverse, innovate content in the works for PlayStation Vita, consumers have a lot to be excited about this year.”

About ‘inFamous 2’:
“The next chapter continues the saga of Cole MacGrath as he takes a dramatic journey down the coast to the Southern city of New Marais, where he faces a new, darker entity, known only as “The Beast.”  Testing his will and super-power potential, Cole must fight his way through New Marais and find the answer before the problem finds its own solution.  Throughout his journey Cole is once again faced with the choice to use his extraordinary abilities to save all of mankind or follow a more chaotic and destructive path.   This time around, Cole’s karmic choices will directly affect the outcome of the story, providing for two vastly different endings and gameplay experiences.  During this leg of his journey, Cole can once again fluidly and freely navigate the city, scaling nearly every surface with dynamic parkour moves.  New Marais takes the open world genre to new heights and offers players a unique and evolving playground.”

SCE Worldwide Studios has developed some of the industry’s most highly regarded franchises, including UNCHARTED, Killzone, Little Big Planet, God of War, Syphon Filter, Twisted Metal, and many more.