Sony is boosting PlayStation Studios, and has announced that it is acquiring UK-based studio Firesprite, developer of The Playroom and The Playroom VR games.
Firesprite became the company’s fourteenth studio. The acquisition is the third in what has been some of the company’s recent buying spree.
Sony acquired developer Returnal Housemarque in June, and acquired Dutch studio Nixxes in July.
Other PlayStation studios include big names such as Ratchet & Clank developers Insomniac Games, Horizon Zero Dawn Guerrilla Games, and The Last of Us Naughty Dog.
The head of PlayStation Studios, Hermann Holst, wrote in post: Firesprite is an innovative and ambitious studio that is exceptional at building amazing experiences that truly showcase the capabilities of our devices.
He added, “The technical and creative capabilities of the team are of paramount importance to growing our impressive roster of exclusive games, and I think fans are excited about their creative vision for the future.”
Several developers are returning to the Japanese company as part of the deal. Holst noted that quite a few Firesprite members, including all of the founding team, came from Wipeout studio. Sony bought this studio in 1993, when it was known as Psygnosis. But it closed in 2012.
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The Japanese company and Firesprite have been working together in one form or another since the latter was formed in the same year. Firssprite collaborated with Team Asobi on The Playroom, a collection of 2013 augmented reality mini-games designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the PlayStation Camera.
The Persistence is Firssprite’s latest game. It is a horror game that arrived on consoles and PC last year after its debut on PlayStation VR.
The Firesprite team is working on something new. But it is not clear what it is. Unlike The Playroom, Vita, and the mobile game Run Sackboy! Run!, all of the studio’s games have an aspect of virtual reality.
Considering Holst’s comments and that the Japanese company is working on a second generation PS VR headset. It’s no surprise that the next Firesprite game is for that platform.
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