Sony gets its hands on video game developer Housemarque

The Finnish company has developed several games exclusively for PlayStation consoles. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant Sony announced Tuesday the acquisition of the Finnish video game studio Housemarque, which has developed several games exclusively for its PlayStation consoles, like the success of the title “Returnal”.

Founded in 1995 and based in Helsinki, Housemarque becomes the 13th studio to join the PlayStation galaxy.

The amount of the acquisition has not been communicated.

Sony announced at the end of May to plan “strategic investments” to the tune of 2,000 billion yen (22.37 billion Canadian dollars) in the next three years, especially in its segments in the entertainment industry.

Sony is primarily seeking to develop its intellectual properties and its activities directly affecting consumers (video games, music, video streaming, cinema, etc.), in particular by boosting its online platforms and associated communities, as well as its mobile games offer.

In recent years, Sony has bought or taken shares in video game studios (Insomniac, Epic Games), acquired 100% of the music publishing house EMI Music and is in the process of acquiring Crunchyroll, a streaming platform. specializing in Japanese animation.

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