Sony is increasing its roster of PlayStation studios again with the acquisition of Firesprite, the UK-based developer behind Play room, Playroom’s VR, and Tenacity. The purchase of Firesprite, announced via a post on Blog PlayStation, marking Sony’s third this summer.
Sony’s acquisition of Firesprite is also one of the biggest to date. While the developer isn’t a household name, it’s quite large, with over 250 employees. In comparison, London Studio and Media Molecule, two other UK-based Sony developers, have fewer developers than Firesprite combined.
In a statement posted on the PS Blog, Firesprite founder and CEO Graeme Ankers talked about the studio’s history with Sony and what’s next. “Now, as a first-party studio,” Ankers said, “we know we have the full support of PlayStation in furthering our legacy of combining creativity and innovation. and technical innovations to deliver some truly unique experiences for PlayStation fans.”
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However, it’s still unclear what role Firesprite will play for Sony going forward, whether it’s as a developer or something more targeted. Just this summer, the company bought Housemarque, the studio behind Profitand Nixxes Software, a developer with years of experience porting games from console to PC. With Housemarque likely to continue producing its own games, and Nixxes purchased with the express intention of porting PlayStation games to PC, it’s unclear what role Firesprite would fall into. Even so, considering the company’s experience with PS VR, it’s possible that the first game we’ll see from Firesprite will be for Sony’s next-gen PS VR system.
This week is full of announcements for Sony, which will host the PlayStation Showcase at 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 9. The 40-minute presentation will “include updates from PlayStation Studios and some of the most imaginative developers in the industry, for this holiday release game and more. “