Sony acquires Valkyrie Entertainment to join PlayStation Studios

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PlayStation Studios has added US developer Valkyrie Entertainment to its growing list of in-house studios. PlayStation Studios director Hermen Hulst announced the news in a Tweet, revealing the developer “will make invaluable contributions to key PlayStation Studios franchises“.

Valkyrie Entertainment has supported Sony Interactive Entertainment and their PlayStation Studios for some time. They have already helped Sucker Punch Productions on Infamous 2, Eat Sleep Play with Twisted metal, and Santa Monica Studio with God of the war. They are currently supporting them in the development of God of war Ragnarok. However, they haven’t always been a support studio; they have developed their own exclusive PlayStation title Raise your guns! which was released in 2015.

Other studios have also benefited from their assistance. They worked on the current offer of PlayStation Plus The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners, as good as valiant, Halo Infinite, Forza Motorsport 7, League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, ARK Extinction, Middle-Earth Shadow of War, and State of decomposition 2. They are working on the next one Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 too much.

Sony has been going crazy lately. Valkyrie Entertainment is the fourth studio to join PlayStation Studios this year, following Housemarque in June, Nixxes Software in July, and Firesprite and Bluepoint Games in September. Firesprite then acquired Fabrik Games to help “strengthen SIE’s catalog of exclusive games”. Earlier this year, there were over 25 PS5 games in active development between different PlayStation studios, almost half of which are new IPs. Some of them, like Ratchet and Clank: Rift apart, have since been released, but there are still quite a few games to be announced.

Not only does Sony plan to step up its console release, the most recent studio acquisitions will also help them “bring games to PCs and mobile devices.” According to Hiroki Totoki, CFO of Sony, they “plan to continue to invest aggressively in our development capacity in the future”. Sony has denied being in an arms race with other companies like Microsoft to acquire companies, but keeping in mind that the last studio acquisition before this year was Insomniac Games in August 2019, five studios in a single fiscal year. is quite a bold move.



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