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PlayStation has announced the newest addition to its growing collection of first-party teams: Housemarque. The critically acclaimed studio behind such hits as Super Stardust HD and this year's excellent PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal now sits under the PlayStation Studios umbrella alongside the likes of Insomniac Games and Santa Monica Studio.
"Today I'm thrilled to welcome a new member to the PlayStation Studios family," head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst writes for the PlayStation Blog. "I have been a fan of Housemarque since the studio's early days when they introduced Super Stardust HD to PlayStation fans. 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."
You can check out out (glowing) review of Returnal below:
"Today is a big day for Housemarque and it has been over 26 years in the making," adds Ilari Kuittinen, co-founder and managing director, at Housemarque.
"Our strong partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment started with Super Stardust HD on PS3 and since then we have made arcade inspired games for all of the PlayStation platforms. With Returnal for PS5, our most recent release, our biggest foray into third-person action gaming solidified our voice and brand in the industry as delivering unique and quality player experiences.
"This gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform. Locally here in Helsinki, this also means that we will officially expand the PlayStation family to a growing industry hub and secure the legacy of the oldest game studio in Finland."
Kuittinen also teases that with the backing of Sony Interactive Entertainment and its family of studios behind it, Housemarque can really grow and show off its talents with "no limitations". If the achingly tense sci-fi combat of Returnal was just a taste of what's to come, I'm certainly already hungry for more.
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