Sony Acquires Returnal Developer Housemarque As Exclusive Studio

Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired another first-party studio, this time Housemarque the developer of PS5 exclusive, Returnal. Could this be the birth of a Returnal series from Housemarque?

Housemarque is a Finnish studio that has been around since 1996. The studio has developed for other platforms, but for the vast majority, Housemarque has brought titles to the PlayStation brand.

A favourite of mine from the studio is Resogun which released in 2013. Resogun was a fun side-scrolling shooter and if you are familiar with this game, as well as the recent PS5 exclusive Returnal, you can see the “bullet-hell” shooter DNA.

Housemarque has gone from strength to strength with every new release and now with the backing and support of Sony, its potential could launch into the stratosphere.

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It is exciting times for the once indie studio

Housemarque has flexed 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 & CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment.

The addition of Housemarque to PlayStation Studios reiterates our commitment to elevating the best development teams in the industry and delivering new experiences that can only be found on the PlayStation platform.

The sky is no limit for Housemarque

After more than 15 years of successfully collaborating, we’re excited to amplify our potential even further and join PlayStation Studios,” said Ilari Kuittinen, Co-founder and Managing Director, Housemarque.

Returnal is a testament to our strong relationship with PlayStation Studios and the organization believing in us to take a risk and give us the freedom to explore our creativity and develop something unique. We can’t wait to bring PlayStation fans more fresh, new experiences.

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We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque! Are you excited by this Sony acquisition? Let us know across our social media channels.


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Featured Image Credit: Sony/ Housemarque