Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced it has acquired Firewalk Studios from Probably Monsters. The new studio will join the teams at PlayStation Studios who are working on some of the biggest games in the industry.
The PlayStation Blog made the announcement, revealing that the team at Firewalk is working hard on their first ‘original AAA multiplayer game for PlayStation.”
“Since announcing our publishing partnership with ProbablyMonsters and Firewalk in 2021, we continue to be impressed by the team’s ambitions to build a modern multiplayer game that connects players in new and innovative ways,” said Hermen Hulst. “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 to bring their technical and creative expertise to PlayStation Studios to help grow our live service operations and deliver something truly special for gamers.”
The team at the Bellvue, Washington location will continue to be run by Firewalk’s existing teams, one with 150 members strong.
“We’ve assembled an amazing team at Firewalk Studios, built specifically to bring memorable multiplayer experiences to players around the world,” says Tony Tsu, Studio Head. “SIE has supported our team’s vision from the beginning and with the incredible creative power of the PlayStation Studio ecosystem. This exciting next step will help us transform that vision into a reality.”
This acquisition is part of SIE’s plan to enter the live-service market with over ten projects currently in development.
“Firewalk Studios is led by a world-class team that is highly experienced and deeply passionate about creating exceptional multiplayer games that foster memorable shared experiences,” Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said. “I’m confident the studio’s upcoming project will be a robust addition to PlayStation Studios’ portfolio, and its live service and technology expertise will be instrumental in helping grow PlayStation’s reach.”