Game development

Sony Interactive Entertainment acquires Housemarque, developer of the recent PlayStation®5 Hit Returnal

SAN MATEO, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced today that SIE has completed the acquisition of Housemarque Oy (“Housemarque”), a leading game developer and long-time partner of SIE. Recognized for his vast experience in the arcade shooter genre as well as for his strong creative and technical abilities, Housemarque has developed eight titles exclusive to PlayStation® consoles, including Back, Nex Machine and Alienation.

With the recent release of the very popular PlayStation 5 exclusive Return, Housemarque evolved their branded playstyle by weaving a haunting narrative into a hellish 3D shooter. Based in Helsinki, Finland, Housemarque will join PlayStation Studios’ global development operation and will be the 13e studio to join the PlayStation Studios family.

“Housemarque has broadened its creative palette on a wide range of PlayStation games over the years that have continually showcased the power of our hardware, ”said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The addition of Housemarque to PlayStation Studios reiterates our commitment to raising the best development teams in the industry and delivering new experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.

“With a proven track record of creating original games that deliver top notch gameplay, Housemarque is a highly accomplished studio and we couldn’t be more excited to officially welcome them to the PlayStation Studios family, ”said Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios. . “With its gripping gameplay, haunting story and ruthless world, Return has captivated PlayStation audiences and we look forward to working alongside the team to bring their ambitious creative vision to life on future projects.

“After more than 15 years of successful collaboration, we are delighted to further amplify our potential and join PlayStation Studios, ”said Ilari Kuittinen, Co-Founder and CEO of Housemarque. “Return is a testament to our strong relationship with PlayStation Studios and the organization that believes in us to take a risk and give us the freedom to explore our creativity and develop something unique. We look forward to bringing new and fresher experiences to PlayStation fans.

Day-to-day operations will continue to be managed by Housemarque’s current management team in conjunction with PlayStation Studios’ external development team. The terms of this transaction, including the acquisition cost, are not disclosed due to contractual commitments.

About Sony Interactive Entertainment

Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has innovated in the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services includes PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation ™ Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation ™ Now, and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation and has global functions in California, London and Tokyo.

About Housemarque

Based in Helsinki, Finland, Housemarque is a game developer working on console and PC. True to our gaming audience, we favor layered gameplay mechanics and flawless audiovisual execution to create euphoric gaming experiences. Housemarque was co-founded in 1995 by Harri Tikkanen and Ilari Kuittinen. Before joining forces, Harri and Ilari founded two of the first game development studios in Finland: Bloodhouse and Terramarque. Today, Housemarque is one of the most experienced and well-known downloadable console game developers with a successful track record of over 20 years. “The game is king” is our motto.