Returnal Developer Housemarque Acquired By Sony
It looks like Microsoft isn’t the only company that’s been sweet talking game developers. Two short months after the successful launch of Housemarque’s PS5 exclusive Returnal, Sony Interactive Entertainment has apparently decided to put a ring on it, so to speak, with the PlayStation company announcing that it has officially acquired the developer.
Sony took to its PlayStation blog site to announce the good news. “Today I’m thrilled to welcome a new member to the PlayStation Studios family!,” wrote PlayStation Studios head Herman Hulst. “I have been a fan of Housemarque since the studio’s early days when they introduced Super Stardust HD to PlayStation fans.”
Housemarque’s recent release of Returnal proves the studio is one with incredible vision, capable of creating memorable new games that resonate with our community. This addition enhances the creative force of PlayStation Studios, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque.”
Housemarque seems similarly enthused to be part of the family. “Today is a big day for Housemarque and it has been over 26 years in the making,” wrote Ilari Kuittinen, co-founder of Housemarque. “Our strong partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment started with Super Stardust HD on PS3 and since then we have made arcade inspired games for all of the PlayStation platforms. With Returnal for PS5, our most recent release, our biggest foray into third-person action gaming solidified our voice and brand in the industry as delivering unique and quality player experiences.”
We are so excited to finally join the PlayStation Studios family! This gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform. Locally here in Helsinki, this also means that we will officially expand the PlayStation family to a growing industry hub and secure the legacy of the oldest game studio in Finland.”
Returnal is now available as a PlayStation exclusive.
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