This seems like one of those announcements that you already thought was the case before it was officially confirmed. Housemarque, makers of Super Stardust, Resogun, Matterfall, and the newly-released Returnal, has been acquired by Sony to join its lineup of studios under the PlayStation Studios banner, making it the 13th studio in PlayStation’s arsenal. Announced on the PlayStation Blog, the studio will join with illustrious names such as Guerilla Games (Killzone and Horizon) Naughty Dog (Uncharted and The Last of Us), Santa Monica Studio (God of War), and the recently acquired Insomniac (Ratchet and Clank).
Head of PlayStation Studios, Herman Hulst, said:
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.”
Ilari Kuittinen, co-founder and Managing Director at Housemarque, had this to say:
Today is a big day for Housemarque and it has been over 26 years in the making. 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.”
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