Sony Entertainment buys UK based Firesprite marking its third purchase this year alone

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Sony, the company behind one of our generation’s greatest technology, the PlayStation console has recently announced the successful acquisition of the UK developer Firesprite. This makes it the third studio acquisition from Sony this year alone.

The UK-based developer, Firesprite, has worked closely with Sony, and both have collaborated for the production of several titles together. The most notable title that the developer has helped Sony create is  The Playroom and The Playroom VR.

It’s also the developer behind The Persistence, which is a horror shooter which was originally released on the PS4 as a PSVR title before becoming a non-VR version on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC two years later.

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“We’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented developers and publishers across the industry and PlayStation, in particular, has been a friend and co-development partner for the best part of a decade.”

The director of Firesprite stated that this is a full-circle moment for the company as it was originally formed by members of the disbanded Sony Liverpool after it closed in 2012.

The UK-based developer consists of over 250-person team and will be a major addition to PlayStation’s stable of developers. Firesprite has confirmed that it would work on games outside of the genres which are currently being covered by Sony’s other in-house studios.

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With the purchase of Firesprite, Sony Entertainment has now acquired its third studio in 2021. back in June, Sony acquired Housemarque, and in July, Sony announced that it had acquired Nixxes. Firesprite becomes the 14th studio in the wider PlayStation Studios stable.

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