On Halloween 2017, CCP Games announced a massive reorganisation of its studios worldwide. The developers, known for Eve: Online, had invested a great deal into VR with Eve: Valkyrie. When virtual reality didn’t take off like they expected it too, the studio was forced to overhaul Valkyrie to be played without a VR headset, and rethink their current structure.
One such plan was to sell their Newcastle studio to a third party. Yesterday it was announced that the third party was Sumo Digital, and the sale has been completed.
Newcastle is now the third studio in the UK for Sumo Digital, joining Sheffield and Nottingham. Thankfully, it seems the staff from CCP Games have all been kept on at Sumo, and former Owen O’Brien has become the new studio director.
Whether this means that Sumo Digital is looking to work with VR in the future is unclear as no games announcements have been made yet (but it has only been a day). Sumo Digital is currently working on Dead Island 2 and Crackdown 3, and is known for titles including the Forza Horizon series and Snake Pass.
Sumo Digital have welcomed the new studio purchase, promising to keep the team in Newcastle. In the press release Paul Porter, Managing Director of Sumo Digital said that is thankful for the “great opportunity to bring an excited, experienced, talented and tight-knit on board.”
Hilmar Veigar Petursson, CEO of CCP Games added that “As we say goodbye to our former colleagues we know that they will do great things there, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”