In a PS Blog post, bigwig Hermen Hulst stated Sony has been “impressed” by the “team’s ambitions to build a modern multiplayer game that connects players in new and innovative ways”. He added: “The studio shares our passion for creating inspiring worlds grounded in exceptional gameplay, and we want to continue to invest in their mission. We’re excited for Firewalk Studios to bring their technical and creative expertise to PS Studios to help grow our live service operations and deliver something truly special for gamers.”
The studio’s headed up by Tony Hsu and Ryan Ellis, who released the following statement: “Over five years ago, we jumped at the chance to set up a new studio and build a new IP from the ground up. Recalling our own favourite times with games, we founded Firewalk Studios around the idea of delivering memorable moments – those amazing, had-to-be-there times shared with other people. Our goal is to deliver those shared moments of joy to players around the world.”
They continued: “We’ve assembled some of the most inspired talent in the industry to deliver awe-inspiring new worlds and experiences filled with great core gameplay. The excitement of building something new for players has thoroughly energised the team and our partners, and we’ve been play testing every day.
“Today we’re taking the next natural step and joining PS Studios. We’ve worked closely with Hermen and the very talented team at PlayStation for years, helping to make our new game even better. To join PS Studios is to formally become part of a family that has produced many of the most storied games of our age, and we are honoured.”
It’s probably safe to assume that whatever game Firewalk Studios is working on is shaping up extremely well behind-the-scenes. You may recall Sony acquiring Jade Raymond’s studio Haven after being impressed with its work as well. All we need now are some actual game announcements to accompany these buyouts…