Housemarque was a long-time PlayStation collaborator bought by Sony in 2021 after a year of COVID-restricted conversations. The Finnish team became the home of arcade after starting out with top-down space-shooter game Stardust on the Amiga in 1993. Several fantastic sequels followed in the form of Super Stardust in 1994, Super Stardust HD
on PS3 in 2007, Super Stardust Portable on PSP in 2008, Super Stardust Ultra
for PSVR in 2016, and Super Stardust Delta
on PS Vita in 2017.
Close work with PlayStation produced Dead Nation
on PS3 in 2010, an amazing top-down zombie slayer, with an expansion a year later called Road to Devastation. There was the incredible Ubisoft published platformer Outland
in 2011 and Furmins
on the PS Vita in 2012.
The outrageously addictive Resogun
kicked off the PS4 generation in style with voxel-based side-scrolling shooting around a cylindrical track. The shmup would later receive a Vita and PS3 port
. The release of Alienation
in 2016 proved Housemarque could make games a little bit bigger than before — and certainly more so than Alienation's spiritual ancestor Dead Nation — with more RPG mechanics and a longer time of completion. Nex Machina
both released in 2018. Though both were good games, they sold poorly; resulting in the head of the studio — Ilari Kuittinen — penning a letter to fans
in which he famously claimed: “Arcade is dead!” The result was a failed battle-royale title called Stormdivers which was so close to completion it was literally in the hands of streamers. Housemarque's latest project, the PS5 exclusive Returnal
, was developed so closely with PlayStation that the two decided to finally put a ring on it after all those years of a beautiful relationship.