Sony acquires Valkyrie Entertainment

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
Sony has added a new developer to the PlayStation Studios collection of first-party teams. This time, it is the Guns Up! developer, Valkyrie Entertainment, who has been bought with a very specific purpose.


Head of PlayStation Studios, Hermen Hulst, has announced that Sony acquired Valkyrie Entertainment for an undisclosed fee. The Seattle-based team were announced to be a part of the Sony portfolio on Twitter, where Hulst stated that the team "will be making invaluable contributions to key PlayStation Studios franchises." This acknowledges the specific role that the team will have within the setup, assisting other developers as the team has been doing since the poor performing release of their own Guns Up! in 2014 under the roof of Sony first-party team San Diego Studio. As the studio notes on its Linkedin page, though, Valkyrie has been providing "high-quality art production services and co-development since 2002."

Buisnesswire had an extended quotation from Hulst, where the boss stated that Valkyrie has "produced high-quality work on a range of platforms from console to PC; and a variety of styles from action to games-as-a-service titles." Hulst goes on: “Valkyrie’s diverse capabilities will be welcomed by every team at PlayStation Studios as we continue to focus on delivering extraordinary gaming experiences.”


Joakim Wejdemar, president and founder of Valkyrie Entertainment states: “Since 2002, we have contributed to well over 100 titles, including great PlayStation franchises, such as God of War, Infamous, and Twisted Metal. In our next chapter, we are excited to continue our relationship with some of the most talented teams in the world, expanding and contributing to the portfolio of amazing games available for PlayStation fans.”

Right now, the team are assisting with God of War: Ragnarök. Though, PushSquare did spot that before the Valkyrie Entertainment website was refreshed after the announcement, there was a line of interest. "Currently, we are working on several AAA co-Development projects and two unannounced in-house titles." Two in house titles that will never see the light of day, it seems. Recently, the team has worked on MMO New World, Aliens Fireteam, State of Decay 2, and much more.

What do you think of the news from last Friday? A good team to pocket? Too boring to be fun? Let us know in the comments down below!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.