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Supermassive Games' game concept continues
The two companies are delighted with the takeover, there is talk of an “exciting and ambitious growth strategy”, and there are numerous symbioses between the partners. Supermassive Games clarifies that the developer continues to focus on cinematic games with a focus on an engaging story and immersive storytelling; what is meant is the game concept of Until Dawn and The Quarry. However, the studio and Nordisk Games have not made any concrete announcements.
It's been a little over a year since Nordisk Games made an initial investment in Supermassive Games and our vision for the future. During that time, we have found that we share a lot of important values with [the] team, and we believe these values to be equally important to our existing commercial partners who we will continue to support. […] It wasn't a difficult decision when Nordisk Games wanted to explore increasing their investment. We have an exciting and ambitious growth strategy for Supermassive Games and Nordisk Games ownership only enhances that.
Pete Samuels, CEO of Supermassive Games
In the year we've worked alongside […] the whole Supermassive team, it's been clear to us the amount of talent, as well as how much potential there is to further develop the kinds of story and narrative-driven games they excel at. In acquiring […] the studio we'll be able to increase our support to the team, and most importantly, continue the great working relationship we have with them.
Mikkel Weider, CEO of Nordisk Games
Takeovers are currently an ongoing topic
Acquisitions of publishers and game developers are in vogue. First and foremost is the almost gigantic takeover of Blizzard by Microsoft for 68.7 billion US dollars – including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo and StarCraft. Microsoft had previously bought ZeniMax along with Bethesda, id Software and the Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Doom brands. Competitor Sony, on the other hand, announced the acquisition of Destiny and former Halo developer Bungie earlier this year; the PC port specialist Nixxes was also bought. The Chinese company Tencent is known for a particularly large number of takeovers and investments, which, among other things, bought Slamfire, the developers of Back 4 Blood and Sumo Digital (Sackboy: A Big Adventure) and invested in Bohemia Interactive (ArmA, DayZ).