Housemarque, a Finnish studio known for its direction on games such as Returnal and Nex Machina, has announced that Harry Krueger is leaving the company after a 14-year stint. Krueger expressed great appreciation for his time at Housemarque, stating that each project was a dream realized. His collaboration greatly contributed to the growth of the studio, moving from arcade games to ambitious projects such as Returnal, which marked a turning point for Housemarque.
Krueger described his departure as a difficult decision but said he was enthusiastic about the future. He expressed confidence in the bright future of the Finnish studio, supported by continued support from Sony, which absorbed him as an internal team in 2021.
Ilari Kuittinen, co-founder and CEO of Housemarque, 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 over and continue building on the foundation created by Krueger.
Housemarque is now preparing to embark on a major new project: according to Kuittinnen, it is planning to create “the next big hit” from Finland while carrying on with legacy and innovations introduced during Krueger’s era.