PlayStation Studios has announced that it is expanding with the addition of Firewalk Studios, a Bellevue, Washington-based developer that was formed in 2018 as part of ProbablyMonsters and counts former Bungie and Activision employees among its seasoned staff. According to the announcement from Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios, Firewalk is currently working on its first original AAA multiplayer game for PlayStation consoles. Firewalk Studios describes itself as a world-class, next-generation game studio, having secured the largest Series A raise in gaming history at $250 million in January 2022.
From a Firewalk Studios letter:
Every once in a while, you get to have an adventure.
Over five years ago, we jumped at the chance to set up a new studio and build a new IP from the ground up. Recalling our own favorite times with games, we founded Firewalk Studios around the idea of delivering memorable moments – those amazing, had-to-be-there times shared with other people. Our goal is to deliver those shared moments of joy to players around the world.
Building a new studio at scale has been an incredibly exhilarating and relentlessly daunting task. Fortunately, we’ve been supported by great partners throughout – ProbablyMonsters helped turbocharge us in setting up the studio, and Sony has been supporting our project and our creative vision from the beginning.
We’ve assembled some of the most inspired talent in the industry to deliver awe-inspiring new worlds and experiences filled with great core gameplay. The excitement of building something new for players has thoroughly energized the team and our partners, and we’ve been playtesting every day.
Today we’re taking the next natural step and joining PlayStation Studios. We’ve worked closely with Hermen and the very talented team at PlayStation for years, helping to make our new game even better. To join PlayStation Studios is to formally become part of a family that has produced many of the most storied games of our age, and we are honored.
We want to thank everyone who’s supported us along the way and those looking forward to our future. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we can’t wait for the next chapter in this adventure.
– Tony Hsu and Ryan Ellis
Studio Head and Game Director, Firewalk Studios