Following the news that Sony has acquired former Xbox developer Housemarque, head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, has claimed it's not in an "arms race" against Xbox to acquire more studios.
Speaking to GQ Magazine, Hulst was probed about the on-going race between companies to purchase developers under their umbrellas. Citing companies such as Microsoft and Facebook, he was asked whether he sees the competitive nature as an arms race, to which Hulst disagreed.
"No, not at all. We're very selective about the developers that we bring in. Our last new acquisition was Insomniac [for $229 million in 2019], which has worked out very well. I'm always looking for people that have a similar set of values, similar creative ambitions and work very well with our team that we can further invest in and help grow as creators. It's not like we're going around and just making random acquisitions.
"They’re very, very targeted acquisitions of teams that we know well. The amount of collaboration between our external development group and Housemarque on the technical side, the production management side and even on the creative side has been so deep. So for us, it just makes so much sense to do that."
The conversation surrounding Sony and whether they'll be jumping into studio acquisitions like Microsoft has gone on for a while. It seems like they'll definitely be making purchases on a case-by-case basis, and it doesn't see itself as directly competing with Xbox.
It also looks as though Sony has claimed Bluepoint Games - who have remade games such as Demon's Souls and Shadow of the Colossus in recent years - after a since deleted tweet from PlayStation Japan seemingly confirmed it. It'll be interesting to see how the next few years play out, especially when Bethesda starts throwing some of its titles to the Xbox family.
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