Dutch studio Nixxes Software is the latest in a line of PlayStation acquisitions of software companies into their PlayStation Studios family of developers. Nixxes Software is described as an “industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization” in their acquisition announcement made today. The studio is behind PC ports of some blockbuster titles from franchises such as Tomb Raider and Deus Ex. The team also recently worked on Marvel’s Avengers, highlighting the studios close relationship with Square Enix prior to Sony’s takeover.
The acquisition of Nixxes Software follows the PlayStation acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, as well as the potentially leaked announcement of a Bluepoint Games acquisition. Jurjen Katsman, founder and senior director of development at Nixxes comments on the acquisition today with “we’re looking forward to working with some of the most talented teams in the industry to deliver the highest-quality gameplay experiences for PlayStation fans.” A statement from Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios was also provided, expressing that “Nixxes will be a strong asset for everyone across PlayStation Studios, helping our teams focus on their most important goal, which is to create unique PlayStation content at the best possible quality.”
The announcement of the acquisition of Nixxes Software has already led to speculation that PlayStation may be planning more PC ports of their PlayStation titles. The move would not be particularly surprising, given the recent releases of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone and more “legacy content” yet to come. Sony’s strategy of releasing PC versions of some of their critically acclaimed titles makes this acquisition of PC porting specialists all the more exciting for PC fans of PlayStation franchises. Which PlayStation titles could find themselves ported to the PC in future for now remains a mystery, but the future looks a little more promising for the 60fps Bloodborne experience of our dreams.