Housemarque has made a name for themselves in recent memory for their PlayStation hits. The company has recently found its most significant success so far with the PS5 exclusive, Returnal. Yet their talent did ring true in the PlayStation 4 era as well. Titles ranging from Nex Machina, Matterfall, and of course Resogun, the PS4 standout hit. These games all showcase the kinetic energy behind the developer’s designs and creations. These games all feature fast-paced bullet hell-type titles that many indie games have found success in. Pushing that forward for Returnal has been very captivating. So much so Sony knew they should hang on to their tightest indie assets, just that much more. Now just a little under a year since the release of Returnal and the purchase of Housemarque, the developers are already planning their next move. Announced today in a VentureBeat interview, Housemarque cofounder Ilari Kuittinen teased the early start of a brand new IP at Sony for the PlayStation 5.
Housemarque is working on a new IP
"[…] it’s early days with us starting a new game, a new IP, concepting it out. We’ll see what comes with that."https://t.co/ahrbsmBrgW pic.twitter.com/TIuqZ6nMvC
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What Did Housemarque Say About Their Next IP?
While the comments are brief, there is plenty to pick at and understand. Housemarque, as all best game developers do, changes and adapts with age. As such, Kuittinen states Housemarque has no current plans for multiplayer games. Discussing how that element felt almost necessary in the past to Housemarque, this more than likely means they are pursuing expanding on the singleplayer experience. Yet the comment of pursuing a new IP at Housemarque, now under Sony, is promising for PlayStation. Narrative director of Returnal, Harry Krueger, comments on this stating that Housemarque is trying to maintain the identity it’s cultivated. Hopefully, this can mean that they will attempt to keep some of the best aspects of their games. Yet with a brand new IP, the direction of projects can vary rapidly, and it’ll be quite some time before we hear more on the upcoming project as well.
So what do you think about Sony’s Housemarque pursuing a new IP after Returnal’s success on the PS5? Let us know in the comments down below!