Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque
"Housemarque is a highly-accomplished studio and we couldn't be more thrilled to officially welcome them to the PlayStation Studios family"
Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired Finnish studio Housemarque for an undisclosed sum.
Housemarque is a long-time partner of SIE, and has released eight titles exclusive to PlayStation so far. Most recently, the pair released PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal.
Housemarque is the 13th studio to join PlayStation Studios. It is the company's first acquisition since it bought Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games back in 2019.
The studio will continue to be run by Housemarque's current management team in conjunction with PlayStation Studios' external development team.
“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.
“With its gripping gameplay, haunting story and unforgiving world, Returnal has captivated the PlayStation audience and we're looking forward to working alongside the team to bring to life their ambitious creative vision on future projects.”
Returnal marks Housemarque's first pivot into AAA development, and the title debuted at no.2 in the UK boxed charts at launch.