According to internet speculation, CD Projekt Red has been approached by Sony multiple times for an acquisition offer. While the rumors are unsubstantiated, they are backed up by industry insiders. An acquisition of CDPR would further escalate the acquisition wars between Sony and Microsoft.
- Rumors surface that CDPR has been approached by Sony for a possible acquisition.
- The rumors have little backing, but companies are always talking about acquisitions.
- Microsoft and Sony are in a war to acquire as many studios as possible.
According to industry analyst Rythian, in response to the acquisition rumors, CDPR was approached numerous times by Sony.
It's not a rumor, Sony has approached CD Projekt multiple times. Hence why CD did that entire thing with announcing several The Witcher games alongside new Cyberpunk, it's to boost their stock before acquisition. https://t.co/FBzNdJEfqU
— Rythian (@LumberjackRy) October 25, 2022
He claims one of the reasons that CDPR announced many new titles in development was to increase their valuation before a potential acquisition. But this does not mean for certain that Sony will acquire CD Projekt Red. Companies have talks with each other all the time.
Earlier this month CDPR announced a slew of titles, 2 new Witcher games, a new IP, and a new Cyberpunk game in development. The studio also expressed interest in expanding in film and TV after the success of the animated Netflix series Cyberpunk Edgerunners.
Orion is a codename for our next Cyberpunk game, which will take the Cyberpunk franchise further and continue harnessing the potential of this dark future universe. pic.twitter.com/JoVbCf6jYZ
— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) October 4, 2022
While these are just rumors, Microsoft and Sony have been in a fight to acquire studios. Microsoft had announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly 70 billion dollars, an acquisition that Sony is fighting in court. Microsoft also recently acquire Bethesda for 7.5 billion, making Starfield an exclusive title.
Sony has responded with acquisitions of its own. Early this year they closed on their acquisition of Bungie, the original developers of the HALO franchise for nearly 5 billion dollars.
We will have to wait and see if Sony will be bold enough to acquire CDPR. Acquisition talks are often kept quiet, and even many prominent journalists are left in the dark as suitors, lawyers, and bankers hold these discussions under lock and key.
Do not take the Sony rumor as a fact, but be aware that companies are always looking to acquire others, there may be truth to these rumors. For example, earlier this year EA had acquisition talks with Disney, Amazon, Apple, and more.
If Sony does acquire CDPR, it will only heat up the fight for acquisitions and exclusive IP between Microsoft and Sony.
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