To the surprise of a few people who have followed the progress of PlayStation Studios over the past year, Sony finally confirmed its acquisition of Bluepoint Games today. In an interview with IGN, Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, said it was unlikely to be the last studio to join them either, but the developers will only be welcomed into the PlayStation Studios family if they share. the same “quality first mindset”.
Bluepoint Games is just the latest team to be part of PlayStation Studios. Over the past few months, Sony has added Housemarque, Nixxes Software, and Firesprite. The latter then announced that he had acquired Fabrik Games to join his own team. Between the five studios, this added around 500 people to the PlayStation Studios family according to Escapist’s The joy of playing host Shinobi602. This has been Sony’s biggest year in terms of acquisitions and it doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Hulst said:
We are always open to building new relationships or recruiting people internally, but only if we adhere to the quality first mindset and the right kind of innovative content, new experiences, diverse experiences. Because all these teams, they share a lot, but they are also very different from each other, and that’s what I really like. And I think that’s what the PlayStation audience, PlayStation fans, deserve is this diverse roster of games coming out of PlayStation studios.
He then clarified what he meant by “the quality first mindset”:
The way we look at our studio group, and we now have 16 in-house teams as part of PlayStation Studios, is a big part of how we look at our games. It has to be fair, it has to be what we are in qualitative terms, it has to be the right games. Ditto with the teams. The teams that remain must have a very collaborative mindset. They must be quality oriented. We don’t buy teams just to be bigger. We only buy teams because we believe that together we are going to do something that will be even better than if we did it separately.
Hulst had previously described PlayStation Studios as a “truly global” company with “particularly different creators” and it looks like Bluepoint Games is adding to that philosophy. With the studio now working on “original content,” we’ll just have to wait and see what comes out next.