The studio behind the PS4 walking simulator Everybody's Gone to the Rapture has been purchased by Sumo Digital. The Chinese Room, which only consists of its co-founders Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry after last year's layoffs, will become a new studio within the group, which is going through a period of growth.
Pinchbeck will stay on at The Chinese Room and is reportedly working on new concepts, while Curry will continue to operate as an independent composer. As far as precisely what the developer will be making next is not known, but we'd expect that its next game won't be shown off for a while.
Meanwhile, Sumo Digital has been keeping itself very busy with projects from Team Sonic Racing to the elusive Dead Island 2, as well as purchasing CCP Games' Newcastle studio.
What do you want to see The Chinese Room cook up next? Stroll through Yaughton in the comments below.
Sumo bought CCP?! Wow, did not know that.
If this means Dead Island 2 is going to be turned into a walking sim then I’m all in.
I'm normally not a fan of studios being bought, because I would like my favorite devs to be financially independent in every way.
However, I can only be happy with this news. I thought Chinese Room was done for after their falling out with Sony and the layoffs. At least now we can expect another game at least.
@KALofKRYPTON I've amended the article - Sumo bought CCP's Newcastle studio, not the whole company. Apologies!
@Quintumply oh... that makes more sense Shame though; Dust could have been revived as an Eve Online connected combat racing game! hahaha
Less of the social justice warrior talk and more great games.
Sony may not want to, but something tells me Sony may want to participate in the studio buying that's going on lately. Especially with this reoccurring crossplay drama.
Hopefully good news for The Chinese Room, I was gutted when they laid off their team.
CR has said they were done with walking sims and wanted to do something completely different... Was it an arcade shooter? Either way that’s a shame as there are a million arcade shooters out there but few truly incredible storytellers.
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