Following up on its completed acquisition of Bungie, Sony is reportedly looking into buying the Japanese portion of Square Enix.
Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, Eidos Montreal founder Stephane D’Astous recently spoke about the company’s selling of its studio, along with Crystal Dynamics and others, to Embracer.
During the conversation, D’Astous noted he’d “heard rumors that Sony said they’re really interested in Square Enix Tokyo, but not the rest.” By that, we mean the other studios in the West and other divisions. He believes this is the reason his and other studios were sold to Embracer, so that Sony could put itself at a good buying price. Noted industry insider Jeff Grubb recently hinted at something similar weeks back.
Sony and Square had been working closely together over the past couple of decades, starting with Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation and eventually leading up to the Remake and Intergrade being exclusive on PlayStation 5. And the companies had also worked out other exclusive deals involving Babylon’s Fall and the upcoming Forespoken, which is set to arriveearly next year with timed exclusivity on the PS5.
Sony nor Square hasn’t said a word just yet, but the buyout would make sense and give Sony some more exclusivity muscle for the PlayStation 5. We’ll see what happens in the months ahead.
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