First established in 2003, Sumo Digital grown quite a bit over the last several years, expanding to multiple development studios and taking on a variety of projects for different publishers. Most recently, they developed Snake Pass and are currently working on Crackdown 3, Dead Island 2 and Team Sonic Racing. Their portfolio is only likely to grow, as we’ve learned today that Sumo Digital has acquired The Chinese Room. This news comes from Dan Pinchbeck, one of the studio’s directors, who wrote in a blog post explaining the acquisition.
“Following the studio’s closure in summer 2017, we were faced with a decision. We knew we didn’t want to just start over, trying to recapture a time in our history where a we could push out arthouse titles and survive the process. It was an amazing few years, but it came at a cost, one that I knew I wasn’t about to take on again. And it was time for a change – to make different games, explore new ideas and, if TCR was going to reboot, to evolve into something that opened up new opportunities,” Dan said.
He went further into detail on their relationship with Sumo Digital, saying that “Obviously, we knew them from their reputation in the industry as a rock-solid company with a great track record of taking IP and making it really shine. I knew people who’d worked for them and they were always talked about as a great bunch of people who really cared about their teams and their games. We discussed how with Sumo’s infrastructure and experience behind us, we could rebuild TCR into something new, with the capacity to take on bigger projects, offer better security to a team and realise some of my own ambitions for game making that just weren’t going to be possible alone. The way Sumo is structured and the relationship between partner studios and central management seemed like a great fit, and I naturally immediately liked the attitudes of the company leaders – they are open, straight-talking, ambitious and smart (and I’m from Hull and Jess is from Clitheroe, so it’s a good northern tradition).”
The Chinese Room was established in 2007. They’ve developed such games as Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.
Here’s an updated list of Sumo Digital’s studios:
- Sumo Digital Nottingham
- Sumo Digital Newcastle
- Sumo Digital Sheffield
- Sumo Digital Pune
- The Chinese Room
With this kind of expansion, Sumo Digital is definitely looking to broaden the types of games they’ll be taking on in the near future. We’ll keep you updated on any other developments.