Bluepoint Games, the firm behind some well-loved remakes and remasters, has been acquired by Sony. Some of the best games on PlayStation 5 so far have been remasters of older titles, so it’s only right that Sony has formally acquired Bluepoint Games, the acclaimed remastering firm.
- Remakers: It’s the same team behind the remakes of Demon Souls and Shadow of the Colossus, as well as fantastic remasters of the first three Unexplored games, the cult classic gravity rush, and both the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Ico and the Shadow of the Colossus Collection for previous generation consoles. Bluepoint is also responsible for Flower’s amazing PS4 version from 2013.
- Pledged: Every first-party game Sony pledged to launch in 2021 (save the massive Ratchet and Clank) has been delayed, putting the company under pressure to show it has killer content for the PS5. God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon: No Man’s Sky were all scheduled for release in 2021, but Horizon was just pushed back to February. Delays have also been reported in third-party games.
- Expansion: To do this, the business expanded its studios, purchasing Firesprite, the creators of The game room, in addition to Housemarque and Bluepoint. Aspyr, arguably best known for bringing multiple titles to the Mac, but also recently active in bringing older games to the Nintendo Switch, has revealed a remake of another renowned remaster and port studio: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is in work.
- Game developer: Bluepoint Games Inc, based in Austin, Texas, is an American video game developer. Andy O’Neil and Marco Thrush founded the firm in 2006, and it is most known for video game remasters and remakes including Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (2015), Shadow of the Colossus (2018), and Demon’s Souls (2020). Bluepoint Games was bought by Sony Interactive Entertainment in September 2021.
- Calendar: God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West were all pushed back in Sony Interactive Entertainment’s 2021 gaming calendar, but Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios, and Marco Thrush, President of Bluepoint Games, explain that the company isn’t too concerned, saying, “We’re very happy with development progress that we feel good about.”