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PlayStation Buys Its Third Studio This Year Alone

Sony has acquired UK developer Firesprite, marking the third studio acquisition from Sony this yr alone.

As famous on the PlayStation Blog, Firesprite has labored carefully with Sony, creating a number of titles collectively. Most notably, the developer helped to create The Playroom and The Playroom VR. Firesprite can be the developer behind The Persistence, a horror shooter initially launched on the PS4 as a PSVR title before becoming a non-VR version on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC two years later.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with many proficient builders and publishers throughout the trade and PlayStation, particularly, has been a buddy and co-development accomplice for the perfect a part of a decade,” Firesprite Managing Director Graeme Ankers mentioned within the announcement put up.

It’s one thing of a full circle second, as Firesprite was fashioned by members of the disbanded Sony Liverpool after it closed in 2012. With over a 250-person staff, Firesprite marks a significant addition to PlayStation’s secure of builders, too. In an interview with GameIndustry, Firesprite confirmed that it could work on video games exterior of the genres presently coated by Sony’s different in-house studios.

This marks the third studio Sony Interactive Entertainment has bought in 2021. In June, Sony acquired Housemarque, the Finnish developer that launched the PS5-exclusive Returnal earlier this yr. In July, Sony announced that it had acquired Nixxes, a Dutch studio that makes a speciality of porting video games to PC. Firesprite turns into the 14th studio within the wider PlayStation Studios secure.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can observe her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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