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Returnal Director Harry Krueger to Leave Housemarque After 14 Years

Returnal Director Harry Krueger to Leave Housemarque After 14 Years - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 6 days ago / 2,264 Views

PlayStation first-party studio Housemarque announced Game Director Harry Krueger is leaving the studio after 14 years.

"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," said Krueger.

"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. We really shook the pillars of heaven together, and I will forever be proud of all the amazing things we’ve accomplished as a studio.

"Departing from Housemarque was a very difficult decision for me, but I’m leaving the company with nothing but deep gratitude for the past, and a glowing optimism for the future - with an exciting new project in the works, a fantastic team that’s stronger than ever, and the continuous support of Sony and Playstation Studios, I know that Housemarque’s brightest chapter has yet to be written."

Housemarque General Manager and Co-Founder Ilari Kuittinen added, "Throughout Harry's tenure, we've seen the “death of Arcade”, and also achieved growth milestones we once only dreamed of. 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."

Housemarque is currently gearing up for its "new big project."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Leynos (on 20 November 2023)

IDGAF about Returnal. He directed Nex Machina. Their best game and the greatest Twin Stick Shooter of all time. That is a real loss.

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The Fury Leynos (on 20 November 2023)

Them fighting words. Super Stardust HD is far superior game in my view. Althought, Nex does have a killer soundtrack.

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Leynos The Fury (on 20 November 2023)

Played that recently and it feels kinda stiff to control. NM it's as smooth as it gets and a perfect successor to Robotron

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hellobion2 The Fury (on 26 November 2023)

i still listen to that soundtrack at least once a month

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KratosLives Leynos (on 20 November 2023)

I enjoyed returnal more, and super stardust hd was amazing

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CosmicSex Leynos (on 20 November 2023)

The make really good games but a personal favorite of mine is Resogun

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hellobion2 Leynos (on 26 November 2023)

it was a great game agreed

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DonFerrari (on 20 November 2023)

that is a deep loss considering he was there nurturing the growth

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G2ThaUNiT DonFerrari (on 20 November 2023)

Could be like Shinji Mikami. Once he felt the studio was in a good place and felt the young talent at the studio was nurtured enough, he left.

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Leynos G2ThaUNiT (on 20 November 2023)

Same with Platinum. Kamiya left and games like Astral Chain were directed by younger talent.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 21 November 2023)

A nice send off making an absolute masterpiece with returnal!

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