Finnish developer Housemarque, the studio responsible for creating the exclusive PS5 game Returnal, had multiple offers to buy it ahead of Sony.
Housemarque, the developer behind the hit PlayStation game Return, turned down several offers from other big names in the gaming industry before accepting a proposal from Sony. The studio has become known thanks to the critically acclaimed roguelike game that was released in April exclusively for PlayStation 5. This ultimately led to Sony acquiring Housemarque, providing a stable future for the 25-year-old company.
Weather Return received praise from both critics and players, he has not been immune from criticism. One of the main issues fans have with the game is that it doesn’t feature an effective autosave feature. This effectively forces players to complete a race in a single session, as there is no way to save progress for what could be several hours of play. Housemarque has admitted that it does not have a secure solution for Return still.
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According to a new interview, the Finnish study Housemarque rejected a series of offers of “great players“within the industry, as it considered an acquisition of Sony Interactive Entertainment. The developer eventually became an official PlayStation subsidiary in June, but apparently several other publishers and companies have tried to buy it in recent months. Yle, and translated by VGC, CEO Ilari Kuittinen explained that the study “We had a very special spring and the fact that we were racing even feels a bit surreal.The executive also confirmed that Sony was not seeking to impose restrictions on Housemarque after the purchase and that it wanted the developer to keep what makes it unique.
“From our discussions it was clear that Sony wanted to buy us because we were doing something that other people weren’t doing. Their starting point was not that we started making games according to a formula defined by Sony. “
As part of its post-launch support for the game, Housemarque has released a number of patches since its release in April. The latest update fixed a number of issues in Return, including a Dead Scout bug that prevented the skeletal remains of the protagonist from previous races from appearing as often as they should.
The fact that so many other game publishers were interested in Housemarque isn’t that surprising. Despite its relatively small size, the study has a good track record and Return it is one of the most exclusive games that have been released in the last year. That would make the Finnish developer an attractive proposition for many larger game companies.
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Return is available in digital and retail format for PlayStation 5.
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