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  1. Over the years, Finnish developer Housemarque has traditionally been known for developing critically acclaimed arcade games like Super Stardust, Resogun, and Nex Machina. However, that's all coming to an end. In a new statement on their website, the studio has outlined their intentions to move on from the arcade genre from this point forward. The reason? "Despite critical success and numerous awards, our games just haven’t sold in significant numbers," says Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen. "While some of them have reached a massive audience due to free game offerings across various digital sales channels, this unfortunately doesn’t help pay for development, which gets costly for high production quality." Kuittinen goes on to mention that the industry is moving toward multiplayer experiences with strong, robust communities -- a sentiment that's been echoed recently by EA Games when they shut down Visceral Games a few weeks ago. "Looking ahead to our next projects, we are exploring something totally different than what you might expect of us, but we believe this will lead to the creation of even more engaging gaming experiences. Our core values remain the same – gameplay first with first class execution. We are really excited about our new projects and look forward to unveiling our first game from the new era of Housemarque." While it's unfortunate that Nex Machina and Matterfall -- both of which released earlier this year -- will be the last arcade games from Housemarque, developers are increasingly faced with the reality of adapting to the market or having to shutter their studios when their games aren't selling. It will likely be a while before we see what Housemarque's next project is, but it'll be interesting to see where they go nonetheless. Source: Housemarque What are your thoughts on Housemarque moving on from arcade games?
  2. Housemarque, the developer known for their fast-paced twin-stick shooters, announced Alienation today exclusively for the Playstation 4. The Gamescom announcement was accompanied by an exciting trailer. The trailer opens with a space marine getting brutally attacked by an alien monster, his head exploding from some sort of parasitic projectile, and closes with a plant-like organism spreading from the helmet of the same marine. In between this two part scene is gorgeous gameplay that seems to combine the co-op twin-stick shooting of Dead Nation with the graphical polish of Resogun. Not much more was revealed however, and a release date has not yet been announced. The independent studio has been hard at work over the past year releasing Resogun, Resogun downloadable content, and Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition all for Playstation 4. Expect to hear more on Alienation over the coming months. Excited for more of Housemarque's twin-stick shooting awesomeness?