French publisher Focus welcomes Dotemu to its ranks
Well known for their retro games with big license suites appreciated by gamers (Windjammers 2, Streets of Rage 4) or more or less successful ports / remasters (Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on PS4 in particular), the developers of Dotemu have found a new home. Indeed, the editor Focus Home Interactive acquired the Parisian studio by buying 77.5% of its capital, at a cost of 38.5 million euros, placing it in the rank of majority shareholder.
Nothing very surprising in the sense that Focus, although specializing in so-called AA games, had no retro to its credit. This is now the case: thanks to this transaction, they recover the catalog of Dotemu, specialists and leaders in retro who have made it their business. The latter also retain their editorial independence. So don’t expect a Farming Simulator in 2D and in pixels (it already exists anyway and is called Stardew Valley).
Christophe Nobileau, Chairman of the Executive Board of Focus Home Interactive declared: “The arrival of Dotemu marks a key step in the acceleration of the Group’s growth and the diversification of our know-how. By enriching our editorial line, we are opening up to a new sector with very strong growth. We are delighted to welcome to the Focus Group talents such as Cyrille Imbert and his teams who have been able to make games attractive and give new life to millions of players around the world. This operation marks a new stage for the Focus Group. After the integration of the Deck13 and Streum On studios, we are actively continuing to look for other companies with strong potential to accelerate our development and broaden our offer ”.