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Dutch developer Nixxes is the latest team to join the PlayStation Studios family, where it’ll serve as a support group for first-party firms like Insomniac, Santa Monica Studio, and Naughty Dog. But despite having a close relationship with Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, it’s also helped out Sony in the past – namely Guerrilla Games when it shipped Killzone: Shadow Fall on the PlayStation 4.

“[Boss Jurjen Katsman] and Nixxes helped Guerrilla Games ship Killzone: Shadow Fall in time for PS4 launch,” wrote PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst. “We already enjoyed working with them back then!” Many expect the studio to work on ports of PlayStation franchises to PC given its history, but equally likely is that it will have its fingers in many pies, acting as support for all PlayStation Studios wherever needed.

Hulst said recently that Sony won’t “randomly” acquire studios, and while Nixxes fits a different profile to, say, Housemarque, it’s clear that there is already a relationship between PlayStation and the Utrecht outfit. We’re excited to see how it leverages its unique technical specialties to help improve the output of the platform holder’s first-party.