Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) earlier today announces the acquisition of Housemarque. Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation brand. Housemarque is a leading game developer that has partnered with the Sony Interactive Entertaiment. This partnershsip has been responsible for the development of eight titles exclusive to PlayStation® consoles including Returnal, Nex Machina and Alienation. Today the acquisition was announced and this comes with the aim of providing world-classs gaming experiences to game-lovers all around the world. Housemarque will will be the 13th studio to join global development operation of PlayStation Studios.
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Jim Ryan, President & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment said “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 has flexed its creative palette on a wide range of PlayStation games over the years that have continually showcased the power of our hardware,”
“With a proven track record of creating original games that feature best-in-class gameplay, Housemarque is a highly-accomplished studio and we couldn’t be more thrilled to officially welcome them to the PlayStation Studios family,” said Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Housemarque, Ilari Kuittinen, says “Today is a big day for Housemarque and it has been over 26 years in the making”. “After years of successfully collaborating, we’re excited to amplify our potential even further and join PlayStation Studios. “Returnal is a testament to our strong relationship with PlayStation Studios and the organization believing in us to take a risk and give us the freedom to explore our creativity and develop something unique. We can’t wait to bring PlayStation fans more fresh, new experiences.
Ilari added ”Finally, what this means for our fans? We at Housemarque are gamers, and we have grown from the need to perfect and tinker with facets of games that we have found most fascinating. We are also not known for shying away from running our own course and trying out new combinations. With the backing of SIE and its family of studios supporting us, we can truly grow into our place in the industry and show what Housemarque can create with no limitations. We can’t wait to show everyone what will be in store in the upcoming years, and we hope to usher in more lasting memories and exhilarating titles for the next quarter century and beyond”.
The day-to-day operations will continue to be run by Housemarque’s current management team in conjunction with PlayStation Studios External Development team.