Google stated in February 2021 that it will be closing its Stadia Games and Entertainment business, effectively ending all upcoming first- and second-party games for the platform. A little more than a month later, Jade Raymond revealed the establishment of independent Haven Studios, which had already started developing a PlayStation-only game.
In some ways, the studio was fittingly named because it turned out to be a shelter for the many workers who choose to stay in the games business rather than accept new positions within Google.
Sony announced announced on March 31 that they are now buying Haven Studios to join the larger PlayStation Studios family.
Early in 2021, when Jade and her group were about to announce the creation of Haven Studios, we started working with them. We were moved by Haven’s goal of developing a cutting-edge multiplayer experience that knits players together in positive and significant ways from the moment they made their proposal. We were excited to invest in their journey creating a fresh, unique IP for PlayStation since we have faith in their creative and technical ability to deliver on such an ambitious project.
Head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst
Update 7/11: Sony stated today that they have formally bought Jade Raymonds Haven Studios, little over three months after the deal was first disclosed. No new information was provided today regarding the project that the former CEO of Stadia Games and Entertainment has been working on with numerous other ex-Googlers.
Although Haven’s debut game is currently very much a secret, the team appears to be focused on creating a AAA multiplayer experience, which could provide a welcome contrast to the excellent single-player games made by many other PlayStation Studios teams. The game’s creator, Raymond, expressed some of her excitement for the future, including the potential for collaborations inside the PlayStation Studios company and the prospect of new game generations.
Thanks to the extraordinary contributions of our gifted, enthusiastic team, we have made incredible progress in a short period of time. At Haven, we created a culture that encourages kindness, flexibility, and bravery while unlocking creativity. With a vision to create a structural and growing universe focused on freedom, thrill, and fun that will keep players entertained and engaged for years, our first new IP for PlayStation is on track to offer a AAA multiplayer experience.