Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque

Housemarque is the newest addition to PlayStation Studios.

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We’ve seen both Microsoft and Sony use their abundance of cash to scoop up game developers and add them to their first-party studios. That’s exactly what the latter did this morning, as Sony has announced its acquisition of Housemarque, the team behind Returnal. Housemarque will now operate under the PlayStation Studios banner.

Sony announced its acquisition of Housemarque in a post to the PlayStation Blog. Ilari Kuittinen, the Co-founder and Managing Director of Housemarque penned an open letter about joining PlayStation Studios.

Housemarque most recently released Returnal earlier this year as a PS5 exclusive. The developer was also behind Nex Machina and Resogun. As a part of the PlayStation Studios family, Housemarque will exclusively develop games for Sony’s line of consoles. We recently saw Sony acquire Insomniac Games, the developers behind Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

Sony cites the success of Returnal as one of the driving forces behind the decision to acquire the studio. Returnal received solid feedback from fans and critics, getting high praises in our Shacknews review as well. For whatever’s next from Housemarque and PlayStation Studios, stay with us right here on Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    June 29, 2021 7:40 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque

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      June 29, 2021 3:30 AM

      Sony has acquired Housemarque

      https://twitter.com/IGN/status/1409818485287534592

      Seems they also acquired Bluepoint but it's not confirmed yet. Their japanese Twitter account posted this but deleted it, or was it a mistake?

      http://chattypics.com/files/shackbrowseUpload_8rpqfnytgj.jpg

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        June 29, 2021 6:12 AM

        Nice. Yeah, the Bluepoint isn't confirmed but seems very likely

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        June 29, 2021 6:24 AM

        I bought Returnal last night (with 5 min to go on the sale), so Sony better not make it a free game on PS+!

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          June 29, 2021 6:25 AM

          Hah I guess it's going to take a while, but maybe they add one of their PS4 games to the plus collection.

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            June 29, 2021 6:46 AM

            Nex Machina is the shit.

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              June 29, 2021 9:32 AM

              oh shit, did not realize they made Nex Machina. I love blowing time on that randomly!

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        June 29, 2021 6:53 AM

        This feels like them buying naughty dog. At some point you're like "they didn't already own them?"

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        June 29, 2021 6:54 AM

        Exclusives are horrible, and acquisitions hurt gamers...right?

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          June 29, 2021 7:17 AM

          These guys were almost a PlayStation shop already.

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            June 29, 2021 7:27 AM

            That’s really not accurate. They spent their last 7-8 years trying to bring it in 2 multi platform projects that made a release, with one failing badly and one being fantastic but nobody bought it on any platform and a project that got frozen and will maybe never see the light of day, for just being on the wrong track conceptually.

            They’re a good example of a company that can benefit from being completely inside the Sony production support network. They wouldn’t have been able to make the leap they did in Returnal without it and would’ve gone under otherwise.

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              June 29, 2021 7:29 AM

              I mean they have made a lot of games for Sony, they did some 360 and PC releases but they were close to Sony.

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                June 29, 2021 7:39 AM

                They have had the appearance of being close to Sony, because their Sony exclusives were the only ones that had the combo of being publicly recognizable games that sold well, but the truth is they were completely multi-platform with PC-forward fundamentals for the past decade.

                I still think Nex Machina is a classic, but it suffered from just not having the marketing budget in the sea of PC gaming, even though it had excellent reviews and an OG pedigree with Eugene Jarvis on the team.

                I hope this Sony purchase maybe can give Jarvis a new home too, if he wants to be back in.

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                  June 29, 2021 7:40 AM

                  They said they are going to expand the studio, can't wait to see what they do next.

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                    June 29, 2021 7:51 AM

                    Yeah, it’s going to be great!! Maybe they’ll be big enough to even juggle multiple projects. Just a co-op Returnal type game would be great, as far as I’m concerned.

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                  June 29, 2021 8:12 AM

                  I guess companies, and maybe that's dev studio and/or smaller publisher(?) may need to rethinking marketing strategy these days. I mean, compare to what happened with Valheim, which blew up simply because some twitch streams played it and bang, 7M units sold in just a couple of month for an unfinished game. It's lightening in a bottle to be sure, but I think it also speaks that marketing has to change - and I also think it shows that we've given too much power to "influencers" in general. But, that's a topic for another thread.

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                  June 29, 2021 9:10 AM

                  I hope they get to do some more arcade style games, but I know they couldn't make money doing that so it's probably dead. They managed to integrate that kind of combat into a AAA game though, so the bullet hell will live on in different ways.

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          June 29, 2021 7:56 AM

          maybe they'll get in front of it by having a marketing exec "apologize" for what is an obvious business decision

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          June 29, 2021 7:58 AM

          More to the point consolidation itself ain't great.

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        June 29, 2021 7:01 AM

        My GoTY too. Even though still stuck on biome 3 boss.

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          June 29, 2021 8:12 AM

          Get a rotgland with explosive rot

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          June 29, 2021 8:56 AM

          Does it save between biomes?

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            June 29, 2021 9:25 AM

            As you progress you’ll unlock shortcut gates to the other biomes.

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            June 29, 2021 2:56 PM

            Yes/no once you reach the 4th you spawn from there

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        June 29, 2021 8:06 AM

        Is it "House Mark" or "House Mark-key"?

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      June 29, 2021 8:57 AM

      Never heard of them.

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