|Type||Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||4 January 2006|
|Headquarters||Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Mark Healey (Creative Director)
Alex Evans (Technical Director)
David Smith (Technical Director)
Kareem Ettouney (Art Director)
Siobhan Reddy (Studio Director)
Rex Crowle (Designer)
|Products||LittleBigPlanet series (2008-present)
SCE Worldwide Studios (2010-present)
Media Molecule is a British video game developer based in Guildford in Surrey. The studio was founded on 4 January 2006 by former Lionhead Studios employees Mark Healey, Alex Evans, David Smith and Kareem Ettouney Before starting the company, the founders from Lionhead Studios worked together on Healey's independent game Rag Doll Kung Fu while still at Lionhead.
The studio's first game was the PlayStation 3 title LittleBigPlanet, which was announced and demonstrated at the Game Developers Conference 2007. The plan was always to produce a chart-topping game, but to keep the size of the company as small as possible so as to keep a tight rein on costs. Evans in particular was keen to avoid what he calls the "cycle of debt". It was chiefly this concern that led the founders to consider user-generated content. LittleBigPlanet 's best selling point became its set of level-creation tools and the ability to publish that content on the Internet. "Every time you boot up there are more levels to play," says Evans.
Media Molecule won the Studio of the Year award at the Spike Video Game Awards 2008. LittleBigPlanet scored a 95 on Metacritic. The game also won numerous game of the year awards leading to a 'Game Of The Year Edition' a year later.
Media Molecule also worked with SCE Studio Cambridge in the development of LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Portable which was released in 2009. The PlayStation 3 sequel to LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, was released in January 2011.
As of June 2012, Media Molecule have opened up new job opportunities for work on new intellectual properties "...even more ambitious..." than LittleBigPlanet, sparking rumours of new games from the company.
At the Sony Press Conference at Gamescom 2012, Media Molecule announced Tearaway for PS Vita. Whilst talking to press at Gamescom it was revealed that Media Molecule were also working on a second unannounced title, "We're working on a second project right now, and that's very much in an R&D phase," said Mark Healey to Eurogamer.
At 2013's PlayStation Meeting, the PlayStation 4 was unveiled. Media Molecule was shown during the event to be working on new technology for the PlayStation 4 involving the PlayStation Move, allowing players to create 3D objects and animate them with motion-controlled input.
- (2008) Winner —Game Developers Choice Award for Best Debut Game
- (2008) Winner —Spike Video Game Awards for Studio of the Year
- (2009) Nominated—Golden Joystick Awards UK Developer of the Year
- (2009) Winner—Develop Award for Best Independent Developer
- (2009) Winner—Develop Award for Best New Studio
- (2011) Winner—Develop Award for In-House Studio of the Year
- (2013) Winner—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Artistic Achievement
- (2013) Winner—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Mobile & Handheld]]
- (2013) Winner—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Family"
- (2013) Nominated—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Best Game"
- (2013) Nominated—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Best British Game"
- (2013) Nominated—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Best Original Music"
- (2013) Nominated—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Game Design"
- (2013) Nominated—BAFTA Video Games Awards for "Game Innovation"
BAFTA Award for Artistic Achievement.
|LittleBigPlanet 2||2011||PlayStation 3||91||92.20%||BAFTA Award for Innovation and Award for Family Game
AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Family game of the year
Set five Guinness World Records including 'most gaming genres in one video game', and 'most player-created levels in one video game'.
|Tearaway||2013||PlayStation Vita||87||87.86%||Won Best handheld game at E3 2013|
|Unannounced PS4 project||TBC||PlayStation 4||Media Molecule announced during Gamescom 2013 that they were working on a PlayStation 4 game.|
In addition to the games above, Media Molecule is also credited as a contributor or co-developer on numerous other LittleBigPlanet titles.
|LittleBigPlanet||2009||PlayStation Portable||SCE Cambridge Studio|
|Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves||2010||PlayStation 3||XDev|
|LittleBigPlanet PS Vita||2012||PlayStation Vita||Double Eleven; Tarsier Studios|
|LittleBigPlanet Karting||2012||PlayStation 3||United Front Games|
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