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PlayStation acquires ‘Returnal’ developer Housemarque

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PlayStation has introduced that it has acquired Finnish sport developer Housemarque.

The Housemarque acquisition comes sizzling on the heels of the discharge of the Helsinki-based studio’s newest sport, April’s critically acclaimed roguelike shooter Returnal. However, the developer has a protracted historical past of creating video games completely for PlayStation, together with Super Stardust HD on the PS3, Dead Nation on the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita, and Resogun on the PS4.

This is PlayStation’s second studio acquisition in two years, following its 2019 buy of Ratchet & Clank and Marvel’s Spider-Man developer Insomniac for $229 million USD. While PlayStation didn’t reveal how a lot it spent on Housemarque, PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst and Housemarque co-founder Ilari Kuittinen did give an interview to Famitsu to supply extra particulars about what this acquisition means for the way forward for the studio.

According to the pair, talks to amass Housemarque started in 2020 however have been delayed amid the event of Returnal. Now that the deal has been closed, although, PlayStation is planning to develop the studio because it goes “beyond” Returnal with its subsequent sport. It’s unclear precisely what this implies at the moment, though Housemarque says “tight gameplay” will stay a spotlight, on condition that the studio is greatest identified for its arcadey shooters.

Interestingly, PlayStation has additionally seemingly leaked its subsequent acquisition — the Austin, Texas-based developer Bluepoint. When tweeting concerning the Housemarque information, the official PlayStation Japan Twitter account used a promotional picture saying an acquisition of Bluepoint as an alternative.

While the unique tweet and picture have since been deleted, Twitter person Nibel verified by way of TweetDeck that the picture did certainly come from PlayStation Japan’s official Twitter account.

Like Housemarque, Bluepoint could be a logical acquisition for PlayStation, given its long-running collaboration with the writer which incorporates such exclusives as God of War Collection on the PS3, the Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and the Shadow of the Colossus remake on PS4 and, most notably, the PS5 remake of Demon’s Souls.

It stays to be seen if and when PlayStation will formally unveil an acquisition of Bluepoint. In any case, some would possibly view these acquisitions as an effort from PlayStation to compete with the quickly rising Xbox Game Studios, however Hulst pressured in an interview with GQ that Sony isn’t in an “arms race” with Microsoft.

“I’m always looking for people that have a similar set of values, similar creative ambitions and work very well with our team that we can further invest in and help grow as creators,” Hulst mentioned. “It’s not like we’re going around and just making random acquisitions.”

For now, all eyes are on PlayStation for an announcement on its subsequent video games showcase, on condition that rivals Xbox and Nintendo every held their very own shows earlier this month. Rumours level to a July PS5-centric occasion, though there hasn’t but been any phrase on that entrance from PlayStation.

Source: PlayStation

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