Guerrilla Games has always been one of Sony’s most important developers, but with the release of Horizon: Zero Dawn its stocks have risen dramatically. The studio is now one of the most recognised games companies in the world, working on one of the most promising new intellectual properties. The problem? It needs more space.
That’s why, beginning next year, it’ll be moving to a new five-floor office. The former Telegraaf complex is currently being renovated, and packs a whopping 7,300 square meters of floor space – more than enough to house the 400 employees that the Amsterdam developer eventually hopes to attract. It currently has around 250 workers.
“After Horizon: Zero Dawn, we are accelerating, the best talents are coming to us, and last month we have already hired nine new people, but we also needed more space for our sound and motion tracking studios,” managing director Hermen Hulst told Dutch website Het Parool. “We have worked at Horizon for 6.5 years, which is exceptional: we want to release games in the two or three years, both new titles and games based on existing titles.”
Hulst explained that Guerrilla Games has been looking to expand for a while, but there was a concern it may have to leave Amsterdam in order to do so. “My fear was always that we would have to leave the city, but Amsterdam is part of our identity,” he explained. “This is where we came into existence and we have always been in our ambition to be the best game company in the world.”
The new office will be equipped with statues of the studio’s game characters, while the entire top floor will be used as a communal space. “We're going to turn it into a palace,” he concluded.