A few days ago – when we talked about how Remedy got the publishing rights back for Alan Wake -, we already hinted at how Sony is closing in on the Finnish team. Now there are more signs…
PushSquare was the first to write about how Sony Interactive Entertainment (shortened to SIE from now on) might have made an offer to acquire Remedy to be part of the team – Sony also wants to expand with acquisitions like how Microsoft has been doing in the past year with its Xbox Game Studios (the newest member of their family is ex-LucasArts Tim Schafer’s Double Fine). This suspicion is underlined by Shuhei Yoshida, the president of SIE Worldwide Studios, who tweeted the following: „Thanks Remedy people for allowing me to visit Remedy Entertainment in their beautiful office and play Control. I had lots of fun and cannot wait for the release in August!”
Daniel Ahmad, the senior analyst at Niko Partners, wrote the following on the ResetEra forums: „I’d have to look into it more. I haven’t heard anything that leads me to believe a deal has happened at this point. Only that it was explored.”
get2sammyb, the editor at PushSquare, has responded: „Just to be 100% clear here, I think you should quote the full Remedy section of the article. I have heard from a few sources that Sony is looking to acquire Remedy. But as I say later in the article, I think things like the Alan Wake buyback cast doubt on it. My personal opinion is that Sony will probably publish Remedy’s next game, and that’s where the speculation is coming from. I hope this makes things a bit clearer, as I don’t want people to be misled.”
Remedy is on the Finnish stock market, but Sony’s situation might be difficult as one stockholder has 28.6% of the shares. Remedy had to respond to the rumours, and they told Eurogamer the following: „The only thing we want to clarify, now that Remedy owns the publishing rights, is that we could bring Alan Wake to different platforms if we so choose. We have nothing to announce for now. We are fully focused on Control releasing on 27th August.”
So there’s something forming between Sony and Remedy. Will Alan Wake 2 – if it will be made – become a PlayStation 5-exclusive game?
Thanks Remedy people for allowing me to visit @remedygames in their beautiful office and play Control. I had lots of fun and cannot wait for the release in August! @ControlRemedy pic.twitter.com/zhDL0Q0TRZ
— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) May 24, 2019