Rumor: Sony is considering bid to own SNK's parent company

The King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown series could become exclusive to PlayStation consoles if this happens

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 3, 2020 at 5:37 p.m. PDT | Comments: 164

According to Bloomberg, Sony is currently considering a bid for Leyou Technologies, the parent company for SNK Corporation. Back in August 2015, Leyou Millenium, now known as Leyou Technologies, purchased SNK Playmore, later renamed to SNK Corporation.

The anonymous sources supposedly from within Sony Corporation told Bloomberg that they are working with a financial adviser on a potential offer for Lenyou Technologies. Sources are said to be anonymous since the matter is supposed to be private. Should an offer be accepted, then this would make Sony the new parent company of SNK Corporation.

SNK is known in the fighting game community for producing game series like the King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown. Being that King of Fighters 15 is currently in development, there's a possibility that this could inevitably mean that King of Fighters 15 would become a PlayStation 5 exclusive.

The Samurai Shodown series also recently returned back in June 2019. Should the series continue, then future Samurai Shodown titles could also become PlayStation exclusives.

It's also worth mentioning that Terry Bogard is currently a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While this deal wouldn't directly affect Terry's inclusion in this game, it could greatly reduce his chances in returning in future installments.

Although Microsoft was willing to allow Nintendo to use Banjo-Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the chances of Sony lending Nintendo one of their intellectual properties seems less likely.

Aside from Sony, iDreamSky and CVC Capital Partners appear to be in the talks for a joint offer to acquire Leyou Technologies. Leyou's controlling shareholder, Charles Yuk, is said to be aiming to choose a buyer as early as this month.

Special thanks goes to ryuhayabusa13 and Kodiak for sending this our way.

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