PS5: A new studio officially joins the ranks of the PlayStation family!

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If Sony Interactive Entertainment does not make acquisitions in the order of Activision-Blizzards by Microsoft, the company will nevertheless be very active. It recently acquired Bluepoint, Firesprite, Housemarque, Nixxes and Valkyrie Entertainment.

Another major acquisition is underway, it is Bungie who, however, will continue to operate quite independently. Yet such an acquisition takes time, especially because the authorities have to verify that it does not impede free competition and that it does not upset the market.

Haven, Jade Raymond’s New Studio (Assassin’s Creed, Star Wars)

If you follow the news about the brand, you know for sure last year, Jade Raymond, who was passed by Ubisoft, EA, Google Stadia and even Sony Online, created his own studio, christened Haven. This new entity, which recruited a lot in the months following the announcement, is developing a PS5 exclusive title. In the flood of redemption, we thus wondered if Sony would not get its fingers in the very young studio and ensure a new exclusivity in the process.

In fact, this idea was already in the minds of Sony officials, who announced in March last year that Haven Studios would become part of the PlayStation Studios “family” with “the latitude of an independent publisher and the resources of a major study”. The team is evolving currently a multiplayer experience “modern”, which goes “brings players together in a positive and meaningful way”said Hermen Hulst, head of studies, recently.

PS5: A new studio officially joins the ranks of the PlayStation family!

A studio now officially integrated

For his part, Jade Raymond promises an adventure based on “a systemic and evolving world based on freedom, excitement and total playability”which becomes part of game service from Sony. But like any redemption, it takes longer or shorter before integration is not effective. It’s done nowas Hermen Hulst writes on PlayStation Blog:

Today, I’m excited to announce that Haven Studios has officially joined PlayStation Studios! Jade Raymond delights us with all her experience in the field, as well as her overwhelming passion for creating games. The garden’s management team also consists of industry veterans who have helped create iconic games and franchises that many of us still enjoy today.

At Haven, we have established a culture based on kindness, flexibility and the courage to unleash your creativity. Our first franchise for PlayStation is poised to deliver a AAA multiplayer experience with a constantly evolving world centered on freedom, passion and the spirit of keeping gamers entertained for years to come. Today, the Haven team begins a new phase in their adventure by joining the PlayStation Studios family.

Working with Hermen, Connie Booth and the entire PlayStation team last year was a career highlight. SIE is a true support that fully understands what the creative process is and what makes a AAA hit. They gave us carte blanche to bring our brave project to life and make our dreams come true. We are therefore pleased to seize this opportunity to strengthen our partnership, says Jade Raymond.

Significant staff and an R&D department on the program

PS5: A new studio officially joins the ranks of the PlayStation family!

Haven Studios now consists of 106 people, often from Ubisoft, Stadia or EA Motive. These employees are gradually finding their office, abandoned due to the pandemic. A situation shared by Jade Raymond who, like many developers, prefers to be able to exchange directly with their colleagues. Study will also benefit from its own R&D departmentwhere we especially want to find the architect behind PS4, Mark Cerny :

This is not only related to the cloud, but also to more forward-looking R&D. I can not say too much right now, but it’s obviously one of the things that appeals to us about our partnership with PlayStation. Of course, Mark Cerny is also a kind of rock star, and being able to collaborate with him is really exciting.


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