Housemarque: Sony is buying the Returnal makers

Housemarque: Sony is buying the Returnal makers


After the Housemarque team had been working with Sony on new projects for many years, the studio from Finland has now been officially accepted into the PlayStation Studios family. As a result of the takeover, Housemarque will in future only develop exclusively for PlayStation.

Sony and Housemarque worked together for the first time in 2007. Super Stardust HD was released in stores at the time the PS3 was launched. In addition to other offshoots of the Super Stardust series, other games such as Resogun, Alienation and Matterfall followed in the last decade. The most ambitious project to date came out exclusively for the PS5 just two months ago. Returnal combines the well-known shooter gameplay of the studio with various roguelike elements. In our test, we took a detailed look at the game. Which project is currently underway at Housemarque has not yet been revealed.

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Source: PlayStation Blog

Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque, teases another purchase

Sony announced that it acquired Housemarque, the Finnish developer of PlayStation hits such as Resogun, Alienation, and most recently, Returnal.

The two companies had been working closely with one another for over a decade, with most of Housemarque’s recent games launching exclusively for PlayStation consoles (or handhelds). In regards to the acquisition, Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst said “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.”

The studio has been around since 1995 when developers Bloodhouse and Terramarque were combined to make Housemarque. Since then, the team has made a name for itself by creating fast-paced arcade shooters. Housemarque first gained popularity with Super Stardust HD for the PS3, the first game ever to include PlayStation trophies.

Returnal was a major departure for the studio, as it marked the first over-the-shoulder shooter in the team’s portfolio. Despite not being classified as an arcade shooter, much of the company’s roots and DNA can be found in Returnal. Now that the studio has Sony in its corner for good, it’s possible we’ll get a sequel to Returnal. Or perhaps something entirely new.

One thing to note about this news is that it might actually telegraph what’s to come for further acquisitions. As spotted by Twitter user Nibel, Sony Japan uploaded an image welcoming the team to the family, but the text was for Bluepoint Studios, not Housemarque. apparently PlayStation Japan uploaded the wrong image with their first tweet on Housemarque's acquisition, and it actually mentions a Bluepoint acquisition

— Nibel (@Nibellion) June 29, 2021

Bluepoint is yet another team that has worked closely with Sony over the years, so it would make sense for this to be the next big acquisition. Though, it might just be an error, so we’ll have to wait and see. Nonetheless, congrats to Sony and Housemarque for the newfound partnership.

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