PlayStation is adding to its plethora of developers by acquiring Haven Studios. The studio is led by Jade Raymond — the veteran developer known for her work at Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs. Raymond has also had senior roles at EA with Star Wars and Google with Stadia. Sony says the first title under the partnership will be a “AAA multiplayer experience”.
Why is PlayStation acquiring Haven Studios?
In a statement released on the PlayStation Blog, Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios said:
Today, I’m delighted to announce that Haven Studios is officially joining PlayStation Studios! Jade Raymond brings a wealth of experience from her industry achievements and an infectious passion for creating games, and the leadership team at Haven is an equally impressive group of industry veterans who have collaborated on some of the biggest and most beloved games and franchises that many of us still enjoy today.
Sony had been investing in Haven Studios prior to the full acquisition of the studio. When the studio was formed in March 2021, the console maker offered financial support, with its first IP confirmed to be a PlayStation exclusive. Hulst added:
We began working with Jade and her team in early 2021 when they were on the brink of announcing the formation of Haven Studios. From their first pitch, we were inspired by Haven’s vision for creating a modern multiplayer experience that brings gamers together in positive and meaningful ways. We were confident in their creative and technical expertise to deliver on such an ambitious project and were thrilled to invest in their journey developing a new, original IP for PlayStation
The acquisition of Sony is the company’s first venture into the Canadian video game market. The likes of EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, and Nintendo all have studios in the country.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 21, 2022