Sony has acquired Returnal developer, Housemarque

It’s official. Housemarque — who developed Returnal (PS5), Resogun (PS4) and Super Stardust HD (PS3) — has officially joined the PlayStation Studios stable. Thus, they’re now to be considered as a (first-party) Sony development house.

This news was released early this morning, via a lengthy presser. It stated that the sale had been in the works for a bit, which makes good sense. It’s not like these acquisitions happen overnight, after all. The cost was not disclosed, though.

“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.”

“With a proven track record of creating original games that feature best-in-class gameplay, Housemarque is a highly-accomplished studio and we couldn’t be more thrilled to officially welcome them to the PlayStation Studios family,” said Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios. “With its gripping gameplay, haunting story and unforgiving world, Returnal has captivated the PlayStation audience and we’re looking forward to working alongside the team to bring to life their ambitious creative vision on future projects.”

“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.”

Housemarque is officially the 13th developer to join the PlayStation Studios family.