The big PlayStation Studios family is still expanding, with Sony on Monday announcing its acquisition of Haven Studios, a Montreal developer founded by Jade Raymond last year.
The Quebec studio, which was born in March 2021, was already working in collaboration with PlayStation on the AAA multiplayer game, which will be released exclusively on Sony platforms.
The Japanese giant had invested in Haven last year when it was founded, but the deal announced on Monday will officially move the Montreal studio to PlayStation Studios.
“We have been fortunate enough to work closely with Haven over the past year and have been impressed by the studio’s growth and progress. Today, as we celebrate the first candle of our official partnership, we are delighted to welcome them to PlayStation,” said PlayStation Studios President Hermen Hulst at a ticket On the Brand Blog.
The latter states that it is inspired by “Haven’s vision of bringing players together in a positive and meaningful multiplayer experience”.
As for the First Haven Project, this project is designed more specifically to be “a new live service experience for PlayStation, built on an evolving, evolving world focused on freedom, fun, and play.” However, no title, release date, or photo has been shared.
Haven Studios founder and CEO Jade Raymond also shared her enthusiasm to join the PlayStation Studios family.
“[Sony Interactive Entertainment] Is a real support who fully understands what the creative process is and what makes AAA successful. They have given us carte blanche to bring our daring project to life and make our dreams come true. We are therefore pleased to take this opportunity to strengthen our partnership,” she said in a short text.
In the past, Raymond notably founded Ubisoft Toronto and Motive Studios, a member of the Electronic Arts family, as well as leading the defunct Stadia Games and Entertainment subsidiary of Google.
With a team of around 60 employees, Haven is the 18th studio to be added to the PlayStation Studios stable. This is another acquisition in a few months for Sony, especially Bungie, Housemarque and Bluepoint Games.
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