Sony not too long ago introduced the acquisition of Finnish studio Housemarque, and naturally, with video games corresponding to Returnal, Nex Machina, Resogun, and extra, the developer has lengthy been a accomplice of PlayStation. The acquisition positively made sense, and that lengthy partnership positively was a consider why PlayStation selected to go forward with the deal– however as you’d anticipate, they weren’t the one ones who have been considering selecting up the studio.
In an interview with Yle, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen mentioned that different “main gamers” have been additionally considering buying the studio. Who have been these “large gamers” precisely? Kuittinen didn’t point out their names, however referred to as them the “traditional suspects.”
He mentioned: “Traditional suspects- main gamers within the sector from China, Sweden, and the US. I’ve to say that we have now had a really particular Spring, and the truth that we have been even being competed for feels a bit surreal.”
After all, it’s straightforward to attach the dots there, with China’s Tencent, Sweden’s Embracer Group, and (presumably) the US’ Microsoft all having been very set off proud of acquisitions of late- it’s possible that they have been all considering nabbing Housemarque as effectively.
In the meantime, Kuittinen additionally went on to say that to start with, discussions with Sony made it clear that they have been buying Housemarque in order that they may hold doing the distinctive issues they often do, moderately than being made to comply with a template outlined by Sony.
“It was clear from our discussions that Sony needed to purchase us as a result of we have been doing one thing that different individuals weren’t doing,” he mentioned. “Their start line wasn’t that we might begin making video games in keeping with a formulation outlined by Sony.”
As for for the studio’s subsequent recreation can be, whereas it’s going to be some time earlier than we discover out, they’ve mentioned that they need it to be even larger than Returnal. Learn extra on that via right here.