Sony Computer Entertainment Acquires Another Game Studio5 Aug, 2002 By: Hive News
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. has acquired Incog Inc. Entertainment, developers of the Twisted Metal video game franchise.
The acquisition combines Incog's imaginative creativity with Sony Computer Entertainment America's technology to further bolster PlayStation2.
Incog becomes part of Sony Computer Entertainment America's Santa Monica studio group. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Incog will continue under the management of Scott Campbell, the company's president and principal founder and will not move its development facilities or release any of its 51 employees as a result of the sale, a spokesperson said.
The company plans to further build upon its reputation as one of the premier PlayStation development operations, and will continue to operate under the Incog corporate name. Financial terms of this arrangement were not disclosed.
"We are thrilled to have the highly talented developers of the bestselling car combat series officially join the PlayStation family," said Shuhei Yoshida, VP, product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "As our partnership has extended over a period of years, we are excited about the opportunity to have this top team join our ranks, and we welcome them whole-heartedly into our first party development operation."
To date, Incog has developed the Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 2, Twisted Metal Small Brawl for the PlayStation and PS One consoles; Twisted Metal: Black for PlayStation 2; and Twisted Metal: Black Online, the group's first online title scheduled for release on Aug. 27 in conjunction with the Network Adaptor for PlayStation2. The company is working on War of the Monsters for PlayStation 2, scheduled for release early next year.
When the original Twisted Metal game was released in 1995, the development team was credited with creating and perfecting 3D car combat in next generation gaming. Overall, the franchise has sold more than five million units in North America.