Sony today announced it has acquired Housemarque, the developer of PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal. The acquisition adds the Helsinki-based studio to Sony’s plethora of first-party studios which includes God of War’s Santa Monica, The Last of Us’ Naughty Dog and Horizon Zero Dawn’s Guerrilla Games.
“Housemarque has flexed its creative palette on a wide range of PlayStation games over the years that have continually showcased the power of our hardware,” said Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment in a press release. “The addition of Housemarque to PlayStation Studios reiterates our commitment to elevating the best development teams in the industry and delivering new experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.”
“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,” Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst said in a PlayStation blog post. “This addition enhances the creative force of PlayStation Studios, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque,” he explained.
Housemarque and Sony began working together long ago when the Finnish studio released Super Stardust HD on the PS3, and later Rosegun and Nex Machina. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
On the acquisition, Co-founder and Managing Director at Housemarque Ilari Kuittinen said it “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.” He also noted this means “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.”
According to Sony, Housemarque’s current management and day-to-day operation will continue as usual but they will work in conjunction with the PlayStation Studios External Development team.