Housemarque's Stormdivers Has Been "Put on Hold"

Housemarque's Stormdivers Has Been "Put on Hold"

All hands on deck for Housemarque's "largest project" to date.

In Summer 2020, developer Housemarque will be celebrating its 25th birthday. Today, the studio's CEO put out a newsletter, detailing the year to come for the developer based in Finland.

"We are working on our biggest and most ambitious title yet," CEO Ilari Kuittenen writes. "Now we are in full scale production and super excited to reveal more in the coming months," he continues. However in the next section, Kuittenen writes that Housemarque is "putting every other project on hold, including the development of Stormdivers."

Stormdivers was revealed by Housemarque back in August 2018. A multiplayer-centric experience, the third-person shooter had players using high tech weaponry against one another after crashing down to the map in drop pods.

In April 2019, Kuittenen admitted that Stormdivers was "unlikely" to be a success. Speaking to our sister site VG24/7, the CEO said the game was unlikely to succeed because of other competitors in the battle royale space, combined with a lack of funding and coming to market after other games like Fortnite and Apex Legends.

So it's the end of the road for Stormdivers, which was internally pitched as far back as 2013. But looking ahead to Housemarque's new project, Kuittenen today writes that they now have "spent almost three years working on the game," from a team made up of almost 80 people and still expanding.

Whatever this new game turns out to be, we'll end up seeing more of it in the coming months, as Kuittenen stated. What would you like to see the developers of Nex Machina and Resogun tackle next?

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