Rumor: One of PlayStation’s Acquisitions Could Be WB Studio(s)


Sony is rumored to be considering Warner Bros. development studios. Discovery for the future PlayStation acquisitions as the company seeks to offload its development teams and lay off its IPs. That’s according to Kinda Funny’s Imran Khan, who claims to have heard “a decent bit of chatter” about WB Discovery “running around their game development studios.” Interestingly, exactly a year ago we heard reports that WB wanted to ax its game development wing, especially after its merger with Discovery, but the company denied that report at the time.

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Sony has made it clear that the acquisitions aren’t complete yet, but the company’s acquisitions have followed a completely different trajectory than Microsoft’s. The latter bought entire publishing houses while the former focused on the studios it worked with. If what Khan heard is true, it looks like WB wants to sell its development studios but only “lay off” popular IPs, which include big hits too numerous to name. We’re talking about Mortal Kombat, Batman, Middle-earth, and the list goes on. Currently, WB owns a number of top studios including NetherRealm, Rocksteady, Avalanche Software, Monolith, and TT Games.

Bringing some credence to Khan’s tweet, journalist Jeff Gerstmann said he too had been hearing this rumor on and off for some time. As some Twitter users have pointed out, Jeff Grubb, a well-known insider and fellow journalist, said a year ago that he had heard that Microsoft was interested in buying NetherRealm and Rocksteady. However, following the Activision Blizzard and Bethesda deals (the former of which is already being reviewed by the FTC) and rumors that Sony is working closely with Hogwarts Legacy developer Avalanche, we can only wonder what’s going on. behind the scenes right now.

As for who else is interested in WB properties, Khan says Sony and Microsoft are joined by EA, Take-Two, Tencent, NetEase and PUBG Corp.

In other news, Gotham Knights may be skipping last-gen consoles, and Sony has released a rather confusing PS Plus conversion chart.


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