A day prior to the PlayStation Showcase in which we will see the “look into the future of PS5,” Sony has announced the acquisition of Firesprite Games, a developer they have worked closely with in the past on games such as The Playroom and The Persistence. They will now be the fourteen-member of PlayStation Studios.
Welcome to the family, @FirespriteGames!
— PlayStation UK (@PlayStationUK) September 8, 2021
This news was announced today via a PlayStation Blog post. In it a spokesperson for Firesprite stated:
We’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented developers and publishers across the industry and PlayStation in particular has been a friend and co-development partner for the best part of a decade, collaborating together on many exciting projects including The PlayRoom, Run Sackboy! Run and The PlayRoom VR.
PlayStation also gave us the opportunity to create our own IP, The Persistence, and we were given the creative freedom to explore, innovate, and release a survival horror game we are immensely proud of. Now, as a first party studio, we know we have the full support of PlayStation in furthering our heritage of combining creativity and technical innovation to offer some truly unique experiences for PlayStation fans.
This purchase falls in line with Sony’s usual strategy of working with a developer for a long length of time before deciding to acquire them. We saw a similar purchase made earlier this year with the acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque.
With a new showcase for upcoming PlayStation 5 titles only a day away there is the possibility that this purchase could factor into their show in some way. There are many different possibilities this purchase could ultimately lead to and it should be interesting to see what they work on in the future. Either way, I do hope this works out well for Firesprite Games.