Sony has today acquired another studio: GUNS UP! developer Valkyrie Entertainment. The Seattle based team has worked as an outsourcing studio for much of its lifespan, lending a helping hand to the likes of God of War, Forza Motorsport, and titles out of Riot Games. Most recently, it was confirmed to be helping Santa Monica Studio with God of War Ragnarok.
Hermen Hulst announced the acquisition on Twitter, stating: "The studio will be making invaluable contributions to key PlayStation Studios franchises." Therefore, it sounds like Valkyrie Entertainment will continue to help other developers in the production of their games rather than focus on making its own experiences. The aforementioned GUNS UP! is the only game the studio has made by itself, which Sony also helped publish.
In a Business Wire post, Hulst said: "Valkyrie Entertainment is a highly adaptable and respected studio which has produced high-quality work on a range of platforms from console to PC; and a variety of styles from action to games-as-a-service titles. Valkyrie’s diverse capabilities will be welcomed by every team at PlayStation Studios as we continue to focus on delivering extraordinary gaming experiences."
President and founder Joakim Wejdemar added: "Since 2002, we have contributed to well over 100 titles, including great PlayStation franchises, such as God of War, inFAMOUS, and Twisted Metal. In our next chapter, we are excited to continue our relationship with some of the most talented teams in the world, expanding and contributing to the portfolio of amazing games available for PlayStation fans."
However, the Valkyrie Entertainment website does make mention of original games coming from the studio. "Currently, we are working on several AAA Co-Development projects and two unannounced in-house titles." So, there is potential for new titles out of the developer, but as Hermen Hulst says, it sounds like the primary driver behind Sony's purchase of the team is to help out with other titles even more.