The European publisher picks up the well-known retro-style developer
Dotemu, a well-known retro-style developer and publisher, has been acquired. Focus Home Interactive announced it has picked up 77.5% of share capital in Dotemu to expand its offering of games.
Known for both its re-releases of classic games and its work on newer games in a retro style, like Streets of Rage 4 or the upcoming Windjammers 2, Dotemu is a pretty big pick-up for any studio. And while a lot of studio acquisitions are in the news lately, Dotemu seems like a pretty promising pick-up for Focus Home Interactive.
In a press release, Focus Home CEO Christophe Nobileau said the arrival of Dotemu marks a “key step” in the group’s growth and diversification of its expertise. It also notes that this is just another stop, and following the integration of Deck13 and Streum On studios, Focus Home is “actively looking for other high-potential companies” to accelerate development and expand its offering.
Cyrille Imbert, CEO of Dotemu, said that the new collaboration will allow the studio to benefit from Focus Home’s expertise in AA production, and “thus launch the production of future remakes or sequels on licenses of first-generation 3D consoles (the games of the early 2000s).”
“While retaining the editorial and strategic independence that has made it so successful, Dotemu will be able to give even greater ambition to its projects and give itself the means to broaden the range of services offered to studios, in order to guarantee the success of their productions on the retro label as well as on the publishing label The Arcade Crew,” said Imbert. “Therefore, Dotemu is ideally positioned to achieve its ambitious growth plan to triple its turnover in the medium term.”
Dotemu will continue to work on its current slate of titles, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and publishing Metal Slug Tactics. Other titles will be announced in the coming months, as well. And honestly, more resources being put into Dotemu sounds like a good idea all-around.