It appears that PlayStation is getting some new first-party studios this week. Sony has announced two new subsidiaries. First is Bluepoint Games, who worked on the recent port of Demon Souls. This team is also brought into the fold alongside Returnal and Resogun developer Housemarque. Neither PlayStation nor Bluepoint Games have confirmed the news, nor any details about the deal. The same goes for the second deal as well.
The move was spotted and reported on by industry insider Nibellion on Twitter. The PlayStation Japan Twitter account tweeted out the announcement but appeared to attach the wrong artwork. This reveals that Sony has acquired the studio, Bluepoint Games, behind the Demon Souls remake on PS5. This announcement also coincided with the eturnal and Resogun developer Housemarque.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, head of PlayStation Studios Herman Hulst welcomed the Finnish studio to the family of first party studios. He said “Housemarque’s recent release of Returnal proves the studio is one with incredible vision, capable of creating memorable new games that resonate with our community. This addition enhances the creative force of PlayStation Studios, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque.” The team itself seemed eager, as the co-founder had very positive outlook on the deal with Sony.
These two partnerships will mean that the studios will be tapped for future work on the PS5. As Sony seeks to outdo Nintendo and Microsoft, we can expect the PS5 library to slowly get more games. The future prospects look very bright for these two teams. These two studios now have more direct support from the hardware maker. And if their previous output for the Sony consoles is any indication, they’re prepped to do great things.
Sony isn’t the only big name getting up to acquisitions this month. Tencent finally wrapped up their acquisition of Yager Developments, the team behind the excellent shooter Spec Ops: The Line. Echtra Games, the team behind Torchlight 3, was snapped up by Zynga as well