Ilari Kuittinen, managing director at Housemarque, has confirmed that the studio is currently working on a new IP. Speaking to VentureBeat at the DICE Awards, Kuittinen confirmed that the studio wants to retain its identity of working on “arcadey games”. Housemarque’s most recent game, Returnal for the PlayStation 5, won several awards at DICE and the studio’s next game has been confirmed to be even bigger. No other details about the next project were revealed.
Here’s what Kuittinen had to say:
We’re one of the very last dinosaurs making arcade games. Nex Machina, a few years ago, was very much a shoot-’em-up game in the style of the coin-ops from the ’80s. That’s sort of a clue. But it’s interesting. We’ve been thinking about that. We had our stint working on multiplayer games, because a few years back it seemed like you needed to have some kind of multiplayer experience. We tried that, and we really didn’t do it as well. But it’s early days with us starting a new game, a new IP, concepting it out. We’ll see what comes with that.