Nixxes Software, a Dutch studio know for working on PC ports and outsourcing of large projects, has been acquired by Sony to join PlayStation Studios.
The news was announced on Twitter by Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, and follows the acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque earlier this week.
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Announcing the news via Twitter, Hulst said the following:
Nixxes had previously worked with Square Enix for several years on the Tomb Raider reboot trilogy, as well as most recently contributing to Marvel's Avengers for the publisher.
The studio had also worked on the likes of IO Interactive's Hitman Absolution, Eidos Montreal's Thief, and the PC conversion for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Earlier this week, Hulst confirmed that Housemarque had joined PlayStation Studios following years of collaboration, while an errant tweet from PlayStation Japan appeared to confirm that Bluepoint would be joining the fold, too.
While speaking to GQ, Hulst said that the acquisitions are not part of an 'arms race'.
“We’re very selective about the developers that we bring in. Our last new acquisition was Insomniac [for $229 million in 2019], which has worked out very well. I’m always looking for people that have a similar set of values, similar creative ambitions, and work very well with our team that we can further invest in and help grow as creators. It’s not like we’re going around and just making random acquisitions."
“They’re very, very targeted acquisitions of teams that we know well. The amount of collaboration between our external development group and Housemarque on the technical side, the production management side, and even on the creative side has been so deep. So for us, it just makes so much sense to do that."