Housemarque, the developer behind PlayStation 5’s psychological horror third-person shooter, Returnal, has officially joined PlayStation Studios. Sony confirmed the acquisition of the Finnish-based developer in a post on the official PlayStation blog today, noting that Housemarque has impressed since the PS3 days with titles such as Super Stardust HD and how eager it was to see what the studio will be bringing to PlayStation gamers in the future. Ilari Kuittinen, co-founder and managing director of Housemarque, pointed out that the studio will be able to “create with no limitations” thanks to the powerful backing of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
We are so excited to finally join the PlayStation Studios family! This gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform. Locally here in Helsinki, this also means that we will officially expand the PlayStation family to a growing industry hub and secure the legacy of the oldest game studio in Finland.