PlayStation Studios acquires Returnal developer Housemarque

Adiba Chowdhury
By Adiba Chowdhury
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Credit: PlayStation Blog

The announcement was made by Head of PlayStation Studios – Herman Hulst on PlayStation’s official blog.

Housemarque is a Finland-based video game developing studio, most popularly known for its PlayStation 5 hit Returnal. The company was founded by Ilari Kuittinen and Harri Tikkanen in 1995. Before joining forces, the two had formerly created Finland’s very first game-developing studios named Bloodhouse and Terramarque. Since then the company has co-developed cult hits like Angry Birds, Super Star Dust, Dead Nation, and more.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has added Housemarque to the long list of successful studios under its belt. To address this latest venture, Co-founder and Managing Director of Housemarque, Ilari Kuittinen has commented:

“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 art form. 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.”

Returnal was PlayStation’s most downloaded game in April of 2021. Given the success, Sony’s decision to acquire Housemarque made perfect sense. With this, we can expect to see even more amazing PlayStation exclusives from Housemarque in the future. Ilari Kuittinen also stated:

“Finally, what this means for our fans? 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.”

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By Adiba Chowdhury Deputy Evergreen Editor
Adiba Chowdhury is the Deputy Editor of the Evergreen section at GameRiv. Adiba is an avid gamer, artist, and anime lover. She expresses her love for RPGs, JRPGs, and Action Adventure games by writing about evergreen titles with lasting impressions for GameRiv.