THE Sony announced today that it has completed the acquisition process of housemark oy (“housemarque”), a leading video game development studio and longtime partner of SIE, which has already developed eight titles exclusively for the consoles of PlayStation, including return, Nex Machine and alienation.
With the recent release of the already highly popular return, developed exclusively for the PlayStation 5, a housemarque revolutionized the style of play that characterizes them with a fascinating narrative applied to a frenetic shooter “bullet hell” 3D. From its headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, the housemarque will thus join the global operation of development of the PlayStation Studios and it will be the 13th studio to join the family PlayStation Studios.
“Over the years, the housemarque demonstrated his creative ability in several games for the PlayStation, which have continually demonstrated the power of our hardware,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. And he added: “The addition of the housemarque to the PlayStation Studios reiterates our commitment to raising the best development teams in the industry and delivering new experiences that can only be found in PlayStation“.
“The respectable history of creating original video games with excellent mechanics from housemarque demonstrates that this is a highly talented studio, and we couldn’t be more excited to officially welcome them into the family PlayStation Studios”, said Hermen Hulst, Director of PlayStation Studios. “With its amazing mechanics, impressive story and unforgiving world, return has already captivated the audience of PlayStation and we were looking forward to working with this team to bring their ambitious vision to future projects to life.”
“After more than 15 years of successful collaboration, we are excited to be able to amplify our potential even further and join the PlayStation Studios“said Ilari Kuittinen, Co-founder and Executive Director of housemarque.
“O return is proof of our strong relationship with PlayStation Studios and the organization’s belief in us, as it allowed us to take risks, offering us the freedom to explore our creativity and develop something unique. We can’t wait to bring it to fans of PlayStation more new and innovative experiences”, he added.