Media Molecule Officially Joins The PlayStation Family

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As the Senior Vice President for Worldwide Studios in Europe, I’m really pleased and excited to welcome Media Molecule to the PlayStation Family. We announced today that we have acquired Media Molecule, making them a wholly owned part of Sony Computer Entertainment.

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The decision was an easy one after meeting five young, talented people with a massive ambition to redefine video games as we know them and create and grow a fantastically talented team at Media Molecule. This was followed by a fantastic exclusive relationship that culminated in the launch of one of the most innovative PlayStation games of recent years. Of course, LittleBigPlanet needs no introduction here, as it was thanks to you that it became a best selling PS3 title when it released in late 2008.
The acquisition will enhance the talent pool within SCE, protect past and current investment and ensure a solid base for future investment. Media Molecule have exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re looking forward to sharing these with you in the not too distant future.
The most important thing is that nothing will change from your perspective; Media Molecule will simply continue to make great games. Welcoming Media Molecule into the PlayStation family will allow us to better support their future titles and ambitions.
In case you’re still wondering why we would purchase a developer who has only one game under its belt, allow me to present to you their list of awards and accomplishments — just click “more” below. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s an enviable list.
I have no doubt that this will mark the beginning of an even more exciting relationship with Media Molecule for the future.

Tokyo Game Show October 2008

  • Future Award: Winner

Famitsu Magazine

  • Platinum

E3

  • IGN Best Platform Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Platform Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Special Achievement for Technological Excellence of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Artistic Design Game of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN Best PlayStation 3 Multiplayer Experience of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Special Achievement for Technological Excellence of E3 2008
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Special Achievement for Innovation of E3 2008-Runner up
  • IGN PlayStation 3 Most Anticipated Game of 2008- Ranked #5 out of 10
  • Game Critics Best E3 2008 Console Game
  • Game Critics Best E3 2008 Social/Casual/Puzzle Game
  • GameTrailers Best of Show E3 2008-Runner up
  • Game Trailers Best Playstation 3 Game E3 2008-Runner Up
  • Game Trailers Best Innovative Game E3 2008
  • GameTrailers Best Online Game E3 2008-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 PlayStation 3-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Online Multiplayer-Runner up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Best Original Game
  • G4TV Best of E3 Best Innovation-Runner Up
  • G4TV Best of E3 Game of Show
  • GameSpy Top Ten PS3 Games E3- #2 out of 10
  • GameSpy E3 Staff Picks
  • GameSpot Best Stage Demo E3 2008-Runner Up
  • GameSpot Best Platform Game E3 2008
  • GameSpot Best PS3 Game E3 2008
  • GameSpot E3 Best of Show 2008-Runner Up
  • PS3 Fanboy Best of PS3 Exclusive E3 2008
  • Ripten Best PlayStation 3 Game E3 2008
  • Ripten Best Game of E3-Tied with Fallout 3
  • 1UP Best PS3 Game E3 2008
  • 1UP Game of Show E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Platform Game E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Artistic Design E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Multiplayer Experience E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Most Gracious Technological Excellence E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Revolutionary Design E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Best Console Game E3 2008
  • WhatIfGaming Game of Show E3 2008
  • Kotaku Best Original Game E3 2008
  • Kotaku Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game E3 2008
  • Game Pro Best of E3 Silver Winner
  • Cheat Code Central, Favorite Game of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best Platformer of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best PS3 Game of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Best New Character of 2008
  • Cheat Code Central, Most Creative of 2008
  • GameSpot, Best Implementation of User-Generated Content of 2008</li
  • GameSpot, Best Graphics, Nominee
  • GameSpot, Best UK Developed Game, Nominee
  • GameTrailers Best Action Adventure -Runner up
  • GameTrailers Game of The Year-Runner Up
  • GameTrailers Best PS3 Game-Runner Up
  • GameZone Overall Game of the Year – 2008
  • GameZone Best PlayStation 3 Game of the Year – 2008
  • GameZone Best Overall Platformer – 2008
  • IGN, Best Platform Game of 2008 (for PS3)
  • IGN, Best Artistic Design of 2008 (for PS3)
  • IGN, Best Local Mult-player Platform Game of 2008 (for (PS3)
  • IGN, Best New IP (for PS3)
  • IGN, Most Innovative Design (for PS3)
  • USA Weekend (online) – “The Best Video Games of 2008”
  • The Onion’s Best of 2008 List

Edge December 2008

  • Best Game: Winner
  • Best innovation: Winner
  • Best visual: Winner
  • Best developer: Winner
  • Best online experience: runner up

Pocket Lint Awards

  • Game of the Year 2008-12-17

Spike TV Video Game Awards December 2008

  • Studio of the Year: Media Molecule Winner
  • Game of the Year: Runner-up
  • Best Performance by a Human Male: Runner-up, Stephen Fry as LBP Narrator
  • Best Original Score: Runner Up
  • Best PS3 Game: Winner
  • Best Soundtrack: Runner Up
  • Best Graphics: Runner Up

Gameplayer.com

  • Most Influential Developers of 2008 (with other Developers)

Feb-09
Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
  • Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering
  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance
  • Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
  • Outstanding Innovation in Gaming
  • Family Game of the Year
  • Console Game of the Year
  • Overall Game of the Year
  • Best Multiplayer Game in Troféu Gameworld (Brazilian) www.heroi.com.br
  • Best international game at Deutscher Computerspielepreis. (German) http://www.deutscher-computerspielpreis.de/9.0.html
  • Platform Game Of The Year at Swedish Game Awards 2009 in Stockholm
  • Best Platform Game of the Year in the Norwegian Game Awards http://www.dagbladet.no/2009/03/05/kultur/spill/gullstikka/5149468/

Mar-09

  • BAFTA Video Games Awards – Artistic Achievement (Winner)

Oct-09

  • Golden Joystick Family Game of the Year (Winner)
  • Golden Joystick Family Game of the Year (Winner)

Nov-09

  • BAFTA Children’s Awards – Video Game (Winner)

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