Supermassive Games, the developer of horror titles like Until Dawn, The Quarry, and The Dark Pictures Anthology, has been acquired by Nordisk Games. The publisher took out a 30.7 per cent stake in the company last year, but has upped it now to a full 100 per cent. This is all being done "to increase our support to the team, and most importantly, continue the great working relationship we have with them," says Nordisk Games.
The UK-based team joins the likes of Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow studio MercurySteam within the Nordisk Games umbrella. An official price for the buyout hasn't been shared. Pete Samuels of Supermassive Games said in a statement that the deal offers the team job security and the opportunity to grow.
"Having had such a positive experience over the past year 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." Nordisk Games CEO Mikkel Weider then adds: "In acquiring 100% of 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."
While many still feel Supermassive Games has never managed to hit the heights of Until Dawn on PS4 in the time since 2015, The Dark Pictures Anthology has gradually gotten better with each entry, and this year's The Devil in Me looks like the series' most interesting setting yet. With further backing from Nordisk Games, the quality of these titles could well improve even more in the years to come. Unless Bandai Namco has a deal in place, it's presumed the publishing of the franchise will now switch to Nordisk Games.