Nordisk Games Announces Acquisition of Supermassive Games

The masters of interactive drama games find a new parent company.
Nordisk Games has announced their full acquisition of Supermassive Games, the developer behind The Dark Pictures Anthology.
Nordisk Games has announced their full acquisition of Supermassive Games, the developer behind The Dark Pictures Anthology. Supermassive Games

Nordisk Games, the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film, has announced its acquisition of Surrey-based video game developer Supermassive Games, best known for interactive drama titles such as Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures Anthology, and most recently, The Quarry. Nordisk Games bought a 30.7 percent stake of the studio last year.

Mikkel Weider, CEO of Nordic Games, had this to say on the acquisition:

”In the year we’ve worked alongside Pete and Joe and 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 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."

Supermassive Games is the second full acquisition for Nordisk Games. In 2018, the company fully acquired Avalanche Studios, best known for the Just Cause series. Besides Supermassive and Avalanche, Nordisk Games also has stakes in six other studios: Flashbulb Games, Multiverse, Raw Fury, Retro-Moto, Star Stable Entertainment, and a 40% stake ownership in MercurySteam. MercurySteam is best known for the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow series and the newer Metroid entries: Metroid: Samus Returns and Metroid Dread.

The announcement was also accompanied by a short Q and A piece with Supermassive Games CEO Pete Samuels. In it, he describes his roots at Electronic Arts before he founded Supermassive and his journey with the company as of today. He also seemingly confirmed future titles in The Dark Pictures Anthology series and more “feature-length narrative journeys like The Quarry.”

Supermassive Games’ upcoming game is the fourth overall entry to The Dark Pictures Anthology, titled The Devil in Me. The game has recently been confirmed for a fall release window, with publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment detailing the various pre-order bonuses that will come with it. In 2019, Supermassive Games mentioned eight confirmed games in the series, with more on the way if the franchise succeeds commercially.

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