In a somewhat predictable turn of events, Firesprite, the studio behind The Persistence VR and The Persistence, has announced that they have acquired Fabrik Games. Fabrik Games had collaborated with newest the PlayStation Studio, Firesprite, in order "to bring survival horror The Persistence to multiple platforms" and they must've liked what they saw, because they then went out and bought them up, bringing their headcount to 265 as of September 29, 2021.
“I’m delighted to announce that we will be bringing Fabrik Games and Firesprite together as part of our exciting next step with PlayStation Studios,” said Graeme Ankers, Managing Director, Firesprite. “They are a team of passionate and committed developers, led by industry veterans who have worked on many AAA franchises. We’re looking forward to bolstering our creative talent as we continue on our journey to offer truly unique experiences for PlayStation fans.”
“We have a history working and collaborating closely with Firesprite,” said Errol Ismail, Studio Head, Fabrik Games. “There’s a huge amount of creative and cultural alignment already and the entire team is excited to be on board. We can’t wait to show everyone what we’re capable of.”
Why is this acquisition a big deal?
This is more interesting news than what it appears to be on the surface-primarily due to PlayStation VR Studio Sony Manchester shutting down after failing to produce a game in the five years that it had existed. That created an opening for Firesprite to be acquired by Sony as a PlayStation Studio based on their work on both the Persistence VR and The Persistence.
What this then leads to is the recently-announced two new titles from Firesprite that are on the way. With the acquisition of Fabrik Games bolstering their headcount to 265, Firesprite now has plenty of manpower to publish their next two games, which will almost certainly be PSVR 2 titles. We'll have to see, but Firesprite seems uniquely position to be creating PSVR 2 titles due to their past experience.
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