Housemarque, the Finnish video game studio known for its groundbreaking games such as Returnal and Nex Machina, has announced that longtime director Harry Krueger will be leaving the company after a 14-year stint. While Krueger expressed his gratitude for his time at Housemarque, noting that each project was a dream come true, he also described his departure as a difficult decision.
Despite his departure, Krueger remains optimistic about the future of Housemarque and its continued success. He expressed confidence in the bright future of the Finnish studio, supported by the continued support of Sony, which absorbed him as an internal team in 2021.
Housemarque co-founder and CEO Ilari Kuittinen highlighted Krueger’s important impact on the development of the studio. Under his leadership, Housemarque surpassed several milestones, including the rebirth of the arcade genre, symbolized by the success of Returnal. Kuittinen sees this moment as an ideal opportunity for new leadership to take the baton and continue to build on the foundation created by Krueger.
As it prepares to embark on a major new project, Housemarque is set to create the “next big hit” from Finland, carrying on the legacy and innovations introduced during the Krueger era.