Returnal Director Is Leaving Housemarque After 14 Years 1
Image: Push Square / Harry Krueger

Housemarque, Sony's Finnish studio that brought us PS5's excellent Returnal, has announced the departure of a long-serving member of the team. Harry Krueger, director of the aforementioned game, will be leaving the studio after 14 years.

Krueger joined Housemarque in 2009 as a gameplay programmer, and quickly made his way up the ladder. He has credits in various games from the studio, including Outland, Resogun, and Nex Machina.

On the studio's website, Krueger comments on the move: "During my 14 years at Housemarque, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work on one dream project after another, and had the privilege of working alongside some truly talented and wonderful people along the way," he says. "It's been an honor to accompany Housemarque on this journey, witnessing our growth from our smaller arcade-inspired titles to the magnificent heights we reached with Returnal."

He calls the depature a "very difficult decision", but has "nothing but deep gratitude for the past, and a glowing optimism for the future".

Housemarque's co-founder and general manager, Ilari Kuittinen, sings his praises: "Harry's passion and direction have been vital in sculpting our studio's trajectory to the current scale. The rebirth of “Arcade” , defined by Returnal, speaks volumes of his impact and vision, and is a great point for future leaders to take over and keep improving upon."

It's not known where Krueger will be heading next, but of course we wish him all the best for his next endeavour.