Sony announced that it has acquired Housemarque, the Finnish developer of PlayStation products like Run again, Exoticand most recently, Profit.
The two companies have worked closely together for more than a decade, with most of Housemarque’s recent games coming out exclusively for the PlayStation (or handheld) console. Regarding the acquisition, Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst said, “Housemarque’s recent release of Profit The studio proves to be an incredible visionary studio, capable of creating memorable new games that resonate with our community. “
“This addition enhances PlayStation Studios’ creative power and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque.”
The studio has been around since 1995 when the developers Bloodhouse and Terramarque combined to create Housemarque. Since then, the team has made a name for itself by creating fast-paced arcade shooters. Housemarque first became famous with Super Stardust HD for PS3, the first game ever to feature PlayStation titles.
Profit is an important departure for the studio, as it marks the first over-the-shoulder shooter in the team’s portfolio. Although not classified as an arcade shooter, much of the company’s origins and DNA can be found in Profit. Now that the studio has Sony in its corner, maybe we’ll have a sequel to Profit. Or perhaps something completely new.
One thing to note about this news is that it could actually telegraph what’s to come for further acquisitions. As spotted by Twitter user Nibel, Sony Japan posted an image welcoming the team to the family, but the text is for Bluepoint Studios, not Housemarque.
..so it seems PlayStation Japan posted the wrong picture with their first tweet about Housemarque’s acquisition and it actually refers to the acquisition of Bluepoint pic.twitter.com/yQBHtLbG5c
& mdash; Nibel (@Nibellion) June 29, 2021
Bluepoint is another team that has worked closely with Sony for many years, so it makes sense for this to be the next big acquisition. However, it could just be a bug, so we’ll have to wait and see. However, congratulations to Sony and Housemarque for their newly found partnership.