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Sony has acquired Housemarque, the Helsinki-based studio behind PlayStation sports including Returnal for the PS5, and arcade-style crap-shooters like Super Stardust HD and Dead Nation. Fiscal items have not been disclosed.

The move reads Sony Interactive Entertainment further bolstering its in-house gaming listing after previously snarling up Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac Games in 2019. Before that, it acquired Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerilla Games — whose former heading Hermen Hulst is now the chief of PlayStation Studios — and Sucker Punch, the studio behind the critically acclaimed Japanese interval epic Ghost of Tsushima.

With the addition of Housemarque, Sony Interactive Entertainment now has 13 corporations under its PlayStation Studios banner. The agreement should help it to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft, which recently completed a big acquisition itself by snagging Bethesda’s mother ZeniMax for $750 billion in order to beef up its Xbox Game Pass due service.

Thrilled to announce @Housemarque had formally attached PlayStation Studios! The exceedingly talented studio with a proved track record and best-in-class gameplay has a bright future and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of it! B47YlfmgCs

— Hermen Hulst (@ hermenhulst) June 29, 2021

After a passage of classic PlayStation activities, Housemarque recently reiterated its credentials with Returnal, a AAA sci-fi adventure for the PS5 that was saluted with widespread acclaim. Sony said that the studio’s day-to-day procedures will continue to be run by its current control squad with input from PlayStation Studios personnel.

“Housemarque has flexed its artistic palette on a wide range of PlayStation sports over its first year that has been steadily showcased the power of our hardware, ” said Jim Ryan, director and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment. “The addition of Housemarque to PlayStation Studios reiterates our commitment to elevating the best development crews in the industry and delivering new ordeals that can only were available on the PlayStation platform.”

“After more than 15 years of successfully collaborating, we’re aroused to amplify our possible even further and attach 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 pay us the freedom to explore our imagination and develop something unique. We can’t wait to bring PlayStation fans more fresh, brand-new experiences.”

The deal also builds gumption based on Sony’s long-standing working partnership with Housemarque. Several of the studio’s biggest competitions were PlayStation console exclusives, including Resogun, Alienation, Nex Machina and Matterfall. It will now be tasked with reiterated that success under the PlayStation Studios banner.

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