After 14 years of service, Housemarque has announced that Harry Krueger is leaving the studio. Krueger, known for his direction on games like Returnal and Nex Machina, expressed his gratitude for his time at Housemarque, stating that each project was a dream come true. His contributions greatly impacted the growth of the studio, moving from arcade games to ambitious projects such as Returnal, a title that marked a turning point for Housemarque.
Krueger described his departure as a difficult decision but expressed excitement about the future of both new projects and the strong team remaining at Housemarque. 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 significant impact on the development of the studio. Under his leadership, Housemarque surpassed several milestones, including the rebirth of arcade gaming with Returnal’s success. Kuittinen views this moment as an ideal opportunity for new leadership to take over and continue to build upon the foundation created by Krueger.
Housemarque is now preparing to embark on its next major project: Kuittinnen stated that it is creating “the next big hit” from Finland, continuing the legacy and innovations introduced during Krueger’s tenure.