Housemarque’s Next Game Won’t Be a Returnal Sequel
According to Studio Managing Director Ilari Kuittinen, the next PlayStation Studios Housemarque game will not be a sequel to Returnal. VentureBeat reports.
In an interview with reporters last week, DICE AwardsHousemarque executives detailed the studio’s future, future projects, and the studio’s relationship with the PlayStation at a time when the publisher is increasingly focused on live service games.
“We’re one of the latest dinosaurs to make arcade games,” Kuittinen said. “A few years ago, Nex Machina was a shooting game in the style of 80s arcade games. It’s kind of a hint. But it’s interesting. We thought about it. . We’ve been working on multiplayer games for a while because a few years ago, it seemed like you needed some sort of multiplayer experience. We tried it, and it really didn’t work for us. But we are just starting a new game, a new IP, a concept. Let’s see what comes of it.”
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Returns director Harry Krueger added that Housemarque is “trying to maintain its identity” as an arcade-focused studio and that multiple genres can co-exist.
“There can be live service games, multiplayer games, games with different feelings,” Krueger said. “Returnal is just another voice. At this stage, we are very proud of what we have achieved with Returnal, and we are very excited to continue the same trajectory as a company.”
The return took home the DICE Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design and was also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Technical Achievement, Action Game of the Year, and Overall Game of the Year. He certainly deserves awards and nominations, given that he is ranked second in the rankings. List of the best PS5 games according to IGN as well as got 8 out of 10 in our review.
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While it looks like Housemarque may not be returning to Returnal for a full game, a tweet from last November caused speculation that we might get some kind of DLC in the future.
Meanwhile, Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, developer of Destiny 2, has a big impact on the future of the PlayStation.: Namely, there is more focus on developing and investing in multiplayer games and live service games, although single-player PlayStation games aren’t going anywhere.