Sony Acquires Returnal Studio Housemarque, Evidence Suggests Bluepoint Also Acquired.
Sony has just announced that it has purchased Housemarque, the studio that gave us Returnal. More than that, evidence suggests that Sony has also acquired Bluepoint.
PlayStation’s Hermen Hulst took to the PlayStation Blog to talk about the latest acquisition. In the post, Hulst celebrates Housemarque’s most recent successes with Returnal while reflecting upon the studio’s past. “I have been a fan of Housemarque since the studio’s early days when they introduced Super Stardust HD to PlayStation fans,” he said. Adding Housemarque to PlayStation’s growing creative team is a smart move and one that the studio’s co-founder couldn’t wait to celebrate, as well.
“Today is a big day for Housemarque, and it has been over 26 years in the making,” said Ilari Kuittinen, the co-founder and managing director of Housemarque. “Our strong partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment started with Super Stardust HD on PS3, and since then, we have made arcade-inspired games for all of the PlayStation platforms. With Returnal for PS5, our most recent release, our biggest foray into third-person action gaming solidified our voice and brand in the industry as delivering unique and quality player experiences.”
Kuittinen closed their statement by saying, “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.”
@Nibel spotted something in the most recent acquisition announcement. It turns out that PlayStation Studios Japan accidentally used the wrong image in its now-deleted tweet. As a result, we’ve got our first look at Bluepoint, also being a studio acquired by Sony.
We have moves being made both by Xbox and PlayStation, and we are reaping all the benefits!