Finland-based studio incubated by Sisu Game Ventures that aims to breakdown the boundaries of gaming with its cloud-native games and technology, Return Entertainment has raised €5.3 million in funding.
The funding will enable the platform to develop console-quality games that are playable across devices and easier to join than a video call.
The company was founded in 2019 by seven industry veterans, including CEO Antti Sartanen, CTO Tuomas Paavola, Co-Founder of Immersal (acquired by Hexagon) and Lead Designer Toni Hollming, Co-Founder of Helsinki GameWorks (acquired by Next Games).
The company’s mission is to remove the barrier to entry that comes with needing expensive gear by offering cloud-native games. Their upcoming games enable one-click access along with impressive visuals and simulations powered by cloud computing to enable seamless switching from playing and watching.
The startup is working on two initial games that are designed from the ground up to take advantage of cloud, which means gameplay will be fully cross-playable between browsers on mobile, tablet or PC.
Antti Sartanen, CEO of Return Entertainment said: “Cloud-native gaming is basically gaming on steroids; you have the same devices that gamers already play on but suddenly the experiences are more accessible, shareable and rich in visuals and simulations. With the right combination of technology and game design we can come up with incredible new types of games that were not previously possible, including games with more detailed worlds and physics, meaningful games that can be joined in an instant, and games that offer real-time interaction between players, streamers and viewers.”