Sony Acquires Killzone Developer

Sony Computer Entertainment has acquired Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games, developer of the popular Playstation 2 title, Killzone. The studio, which is currently working on a Killzone sequel for the forthcoming PlayStation 3 next-generation console, becomes part of the SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) network of developers.

The first Killzone game saw nearly two million units shipped worldwide, and both Sony and Guerrilla are confident that the franchise will become even bigger with next year’s launch of the PlayStation 3. Early scenes of the new game got high marks from critics and fans when they were revealed at E3 earlier this year. Guerrilla is also developing a Killzone title for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld gaming unit.

Guerrilla signed an exclusive development agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in March of 2004, and this acquisition will make the team an even bigger part of Sony’s strategy to increase its game creation capabilities around the world. SCE WWS was formed in September of this year to handle global creative, technical and strategic direction in this field.