There’s no doubt that Sony has been pretty happy with a PS5 exclusive Return and its developer Housemarque. After recently acquiring the studio behind the unique AAA bullet-hell rogue-like, Sony is now calling Return a “mega hit,” according to the PlayStation Studios site.
The various developers on the PlayStation Studios page each have a very brief description below the individual studio’s logo. Under the name Guerrilla Games it says: “The studio that created the critically acclaimed” Horizon franchise to life”, while Santa Monica Studios says: “The talented team behind the hit god of war franchise.” Numerous descriptive words are used for various games, such as “much adored” Concrete Genius” and “award winning Spirit of Tsushima,” while other games are not prefixed with descriptors at all.
The description for Housemarque reads: “The studio behind megahit” Return.” While we don’t know any specific sales figures yet, the fact that Sony considers the game a “mega hit” is a pretty big deal given the rather risky notion that this game was from the start and is priced at $70. Sony unveiled in May. also that players had put more than 5 million hours into the game, seen as such Return a “successful” release. Housemarque wants to use this momentum and the studio will officially become part of the PlayStation Studios family to create even bigger and more ambitious games.
If you haven’t tried it yet Return, it sounds like you should still buy a PS5 or check out our review to see why it’s such a great game.
While looking at the PlayStation Studios page, it is interesting to note that the description of the Bend Studio does not mention Days gone by, or any specific games from the studio. It simply says, “For over 25 years of game making at the base of Oregon’s beautiful Cascade Mountains.” Every other publicly traded studio besides London Studio and XDEV lists at least one game, sometimes two.