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Housemarque turned down “big players” to work with PlayStation

Housemarque, developer of Returnal, PlayStation

Housemarque, the studio behind Returnal, states that they turned down offers from “Big players” in the gaming industry to join PlayStation Studios.

Last month, PlayStation Studios announced that they had acquired Housemarque. And after their recent success, the company promises that they will continue to build upon the experience they got in making the game.

Yle interviewed Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen who revealed that Sony wasn’t the only one interested in buying the company.

When asked who the potential buyers were, Kuittinen had this to say: “Usual suspects: big players in the sector from China, Sweden, and the US.”

“The fact that we were being competed for even feels a little surreal,” says Kuittinen.

“Sony wanted to buy us because we were doing something that other people weren’t doing.” He added.

This was definitely the case for Housemarque as they surely impressed PlayStation Studios with the triumph of Returnal.

It seems things are looking up for PlayStation as they keep adding new game studios to their already impressive lineup.

Housemarque was just the beginning. Now they’ve also gotten Nixxes, the company that’s known for their legendary PC Ports. And in an accidental leak from PlayStation Japan, it’s likely that they’ve also acquired BluePoint Games. There’s not much information yet as to who else Sony will acquire in the future. 

It seems as though PlayStation is currently an unstoppable force acquiring studio after studio. Will there be an immovable object that will soon stand in its way? It’s a long shot for now but I guess only time will tell.