PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst has rejected the idea that Sony's in an "arms race" with Microsoft. Having announced earlier today that they'd be acquiring Returnal developers Housemarque, Hulst sat down with British GQ for an interview.
Joined by Housemarque co-founder and managing director, Ilari Kuittinen, Hulst was asked whether he saw the recent studio acquisitions between Sony, Microsoft and Facebook as “a bit of an arms race”. However, Hulst went onto reject that sentiment.
Sony Isn't In An "Arms Race" With Microsoft, According To PlayStation Studios Head
Specifically, Hulst stated:
We're very selective about the developers that we bring in. Our last new acquisition was Insomniac, 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.
While Sony's not made a major acquisition for nearly two years until now, it's been a heated debate with Microsoft's recent buyouts, most prominently bringing Bethesda into Xbox Game Studios last year. That said, PlayStation Japan accidentally let slip earlier that Sony's seemingly acquired Bluepoint Games too, so we can only wait and see how this unfolds.