November 11th, 2020, 17:36 Posted By: wraggster
The gamer reaction to Microsoft's huge acquisition of Bethesda last month reminded me of a similar moment almost 18 years previously.
When Microsoft bought Rare for $375 million in September 2002, Nintendo fans reacted with dismay. Consumer responses ranged from 'they're overrated anyway' to 'Nintendo has to go and buy Capcom'. The thought of losing Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark was heartbreaking to that fanbase.
We saw a similar reception to the Bethesda acquisition, although this time primarily from PlayStation players. Doom, Wolfenstein, and obviously Fallout and Elder Scrolls, are massive brands with a huge audience on Sony's devices. Microsoft hasn't said these games won't come to PS5, but that hasn't stopped gamers urging Sony to react by buying Konami or Sega or anyone else who can help soften the blow.
The response from PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan to us, and other media outlets, is that Sony doesn't need to do that. It will inevitably acquire more studios, it's been doing that consistently for 25 years, but the focus is on 'organic growth'. By that he means, giving his existing teams like Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Media Molecule, Guerrilla Games and Sucker Punch the funds they need to make more games at a bigger scale.
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