Housemarque has introduced the departure of Harry Kreuger, who was sport director on 2021’s acclaimed roguelike shooter Returnal. Kreuger departs after almost 15 years on the studio, having additionally labored on titles like Nex Machina, Resogun, and Outland. In 2014, he grew to become the studio’s sport director.
“Throughout my 14 years at Housemarque, I’ve been extremely lucky to work on one dream undertaking after one other, and had the privilege of working alongside some really proficient and fantastic individuals alongside the best way,” Krueger mentioned. “It’s been an honor to accompany Housemarque on this journey, witnessing our progress from our smaller arcade-inspired titles to the magnificent heights we reached with Returnal. We actually shook the pillars of heaven collectively, and I’ll ceaselessly be happy with all of the superb issues we’ve achieved as a studio.”
Krueger went on so as to add that he leaves with “a glowing optimism for the longer term” of Housemarque, which is at present engaged on its subsequent huge title.
“Departing from Housemarque was a really tough determination for me, however I’m leaving the corporate with nothing however deep gratitude for the previous, and a glowing optimism for the longer term – with an thrilling new undertaking within the works, a implausible group that’s stronger than ever, and the continual help of Sony and PlayStation Studios, I do know that Housemarque’s brightest chapter has but to be written,” he mentioned.
Not a lot is understood but about what Housemarque’s subsequent undertaking is. Following its acquisition by Sony in 2021, the studio confirmed that it needed to proceed engaged on huge tasks, and that it meant to “transcend” Returnal with no matter it could work on subsequent.
In March 2022, it was confirmed that Housemarque’s subsequent title could be one other new IP, whereas senior narrative designer Eevi Korhonen later recommended that the sport would make use of unused concepts from Returnal. Earlier this yr, the developer confirmed that its headcount had grown to 110 individuals.
Returnal is accessible on PS5 and PC. As of July 2021, the sport had offered over 560,000 items worldwide.