House­mar­que, the Finnish devel­op­er behind the PlaySta­tion 5 title Retur­nal, has offi­cial­ly been acquired by PlaySta­tion. A post on the PlaySta­tion Blog con­firmed the acqui­si­tion, with Her­men Hulst, head of PlaySta­tion Stu­dios mak­ing the announcement.

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,” he said. “This addi­tion enhances the cre­ative force of PlaySta­tion Stu­dios, and I can­not wait to see what the future holds for Housemarque.”

House­mar­que has col­lab­o­rat­ed with PlaySta­tion on num­ber of titles in the past, includ­ing Super Star­dust HD, Dead Nation, and Reso­gun. Of course, Retur­nal gave PlaySta­tion 5 own­ers an action title with hor­ror under­tones. This is some­what of a change for the stu­dio, who’s his­to­ry con­sists of arcade-style shoot ’em ups. The stu­dio stat­ed these games were not sell­ing well any­more, and Retur­nal undoubt­ed­ly showed Sony the devel­op­ment team was capa­ble of com­plet­ing high­er qual­i­ty titles.

Today is a big day for House­mar­que and it has been over 26 years in the mak­ing,” said Ilari Kuit­ti­nen, co-founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor of 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 art form. 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.”

Hulst pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed that PlaySta­tion Stu­dios has over 25 games cur­rent­ly in pro­duc­tion, with half of those being new IPs. House­mar­que is just anoth­er stu­dio being added to the PlaySta­tion Stu­dios fam­i­ly, hope­ful­ly releas­ing amaz­ing games like Retur­nal in the future.