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Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios is a group of game development studios founded by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2005.

SIE Worldwide Studios acts as a single entity that oversees the production of first-party video games developed by SIE's internal development studios and external partners. It also focuses on software and applications developed for the PlayStation brand of consoles, as well as individual titles and ports to other consoles and platforms such as personal computers and mobile.

Worldwide Studios has housed nearly all game development teams within Sony Interactive Entertainment since its inception, as well as various support teams and technology developers. As of 2021, the organization overlooks over 12 game-development studios and several support studios located around the world.

Beginning with late 2020, SIE Worldwide Studios began to brand all first-party games developed by internal and external developers with the "PlayStation Studios" label.

History

2005 - 2016: Foundation and early years

Worldwide Studios was established in 2005 with Phil Harrison as its president. At the time of its establishment, Worldwide Studios consisted of Bend Studio, Cambridge Studio, recently acquired Guerrilla Games, Incognito Entertainment, Japan Studio, London Studio, Naughty Dog, Polyphony Digital, San Diego Studio, Santa Monica Studio and Studio Liverpool, for a total of 11 studios, in addition to support teams XDev Europe and San Mateo Studio. Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment's developer for online games on personal computers, was excluded.

In 2006, Sony acquired American studio Zipper Interactive, developers of Sony's SOCOM games, making it the first acquisition under the newly-founded group. In 2007, Sony acquired British studio Evolution Studios and its sister-studio BigBig Studios, developers of the MotorStorm and World Rally Championship. In 2009, Sony closed Incognito, marking the first studio shut down since Worldwide Studios' establishment.

In 2010, Sony acquired British studio Media Molecule, developers of LittleBigPlanet. In 2011, Sony acquired long-time collaborator Sucker Punch Productions, developers of Sly Cooper and Infamous.

In 2012, Sony closed Bigbig Studios, followed by Zipper Interactive and long-time subsidiary Studio Liverpool within the same year. In 2016, Sony closed Evolution Studios.

2016 - 2020: Reorganization as SIE Worldwide Studios

In 2019, Sony acquired long-time collaborator Insomniac Games following the success of 2018's Spider-Man.

2020 - current: PlayStation Studios

In June 2021, Sony acquired long-time collaborator and Returnal developer Housemarque as well as PC-porting game studio Nixxes Software. In September of the same year, Sony proceeded to acquire Liverpool-based studio Firesprite, comprised of former Studio Liverpool developers; Firesprite would then acquire Fabrik Games, a small Manchester-based studio. Later that month, Sony acquired another long-time collaborator Bluepoint Games, whose acquisition was accidentally leaked a few months earlier.

Studios

Studio Location Founded Acquired Personnel Notable products
Bend Studio Bend, Oregon, US 1993 2000 130+ (2020) Syphon Filter, Resistance: Retribution, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Days Gone
Bluepoint Games Austin, Texas, US 2006 2021 ~70 (2021) Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Shadow of the Colossus remake, Demon's Souls remake
Firesprite Liverpool, UK 2012 2021 265+ (2021) The Playroom, The Playroom VR
Guerrilla Games Amsterdam, Netherlands 2000 2005 300+ (2021) Games: Killzone, Horizon
Technology: Decima engine
Housemarque Helinski, Finland 1995 2021 80+ (2020) Super Stardust, Resogun, Returnal
Insomniac Games Burbank, California, US 1994 2019 300+ (2020) Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, Marvel's Spider-Man
London Studio London, UK 2002 n / a 90+ (2020) Games: SingStar, Blood & Truth
Technology: EyeToy, PlayStation VR
Media Molecule Guildford, Surrey, UK 2006 2010 50+ LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway, Dreams
Naughty Dog Santa Monica, California, US 1984 2001 300+ (2021) Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, The Last of Us
PixelOpus San Mateo, California, US 2014 n / a ~15-20 (2020) Concrete Genie
Polyphony Digital Tokyo, Japan 1994/8 n / a 200+ (2020) Motor Toon Gran Prix, Gran Turismo, Tourist Trophy
San Diego Studio San Diego, US 2001 n / a 90+ MLB: The Show
Santa Monica Studio Los Angeles, US 1998 n / a ~200-300 God of War, Kinetica engine
Sucker Punch Productions Bellevue, Washington, US 1997 2011 160+ (2020) Sly Cooper, Infamous, Ghost of Tsushima
Team Asobi Tokyo, Japan 2012 (as a team)
2021 (as a studio)
n / a ~25 Astro Bot

Support teams

  • ICE Team - technology group within Naughty Dog
  • Nixxes Software - support development studio, founded in 1998 and acquired in 2021
  • San Mateo Studio - founded in 1998, collaborator team
  • XDev Europe - founded in 2000, collaborator and external production team

Former studios

Studio Location Lifespan Acquired Fate Products Notes
989 Studios Los Angeles, California, US 1995 - 2000 (original)
2001 - 2005 (relaunch)
n / a Closed, portion merged into San Diego Studio MLB, Twisted Metal, Warhawk Also acted as publisher; original incarnation closed in 2000 with a relaunch in 2001
Bigbig Studios Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, UK 2001 - 2012 2007 Closed Pursuit Force, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, Little Deviants Sister-studio to Evolution Studios
Evolution Studios Runcorn, Cheshire, England, UK 1999 - 2016 2007 Closed World Ralley Championship series, MotorStorm series, Driveclub Original owner and sister-studio to Bigbig Studios
Guerrilla Cambridge Cambridge, England, UK 1997 - 2017 n / a Closed MediEvil series, Primal, LittleBigPlanet PSP, Killzone: Mercenary, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League Originally called Cambridge Studio; rebranded in 2010 as a sister-studio to Guerrilla Games
Incognito Entertainment Salt Lake City, Utah, US 1999 - 2009 2002 Closed Twisted Metal series, Warhawk Maintainance on Warhawk was continued by LightBox Interactiv
Japan Studio Tokyo, Japan 1993 - 2021 n / a Reconstructed, portion merged into Team Asobi Games': Ape Escape, The Legend of Dragoon, Ico trinity, Gravity Rush, Knack, Astro Bot
Technology: PhyreEngine
Across the years hosted several development teams including Team Ico, Team Gravity, Exact and Team Asobi
Manchester Studio Manchster, England, UK 2015 - 2020 n / a Closed n / a Virtual reality-focused developer
Studio Liverpool Liverpool, England, UK 1984 - 2012 1993 Closed, succeeded by XDev Europe Lemmings series, Formula One series, WipeOut series, Colony Wars series Originally called Psygnosis until 1999; also acted as a publishing wing
Team Soho Soho, London, England, UK 1994 - 2002 n / a Merged into London Studio NBA ShootOut series, This is Football series, The Getaway n / a
Zipper Interactive Redmond, Washington, US 1995 - 2012 2006 Closed SOCOM series, MAG, Unit 13 n / a

Known collaborators

Defunct

  • Eat Sleep Play
  • Eurocom
  • HammerHead
  • High Impact Games
  • LightBox Interactive
  • nStigate Games
  • Studio 33
  • SuperBot Entertainment
  • Titan Studios
  • United Front Games
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