SEGA Acquires Crytek Black Sea, Renamed Creative Assembly Sofia
Following a series of troubles, Crytek announced last December that it’s dropping all of its studios except for the Frankfurt and Kiev locations. At least one of them is now going to be under SEGA’s wing as the company acquired Bulgaria-based Black Sea studio. According to Games Industry, the move comes as part of an effort to expand Creative Assembly, and as a result, a team of sixty developers will now become Creative Assembly Sofia.
Studio Director, Tim Heaton, said in a statement:
Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history of world-renowned partnerships, Creative Assembly is proof of the UK games industry’s potential for global success. Due to this success, we are further expanding our UK base and developing additional projects overseas, whilst pursuing top talent from across the globe to join us, all in support of our commitment to creating high quality, authentic gaming experiences. Our continued growth allows us to be dynamic with our future projects, constantly seeking new opportunities and reaching a wider audience with our games.
SEGA Europe COO, Jurgen Post, added that the new team will be working “exclusively” on content for Creative Assembly. The studio, which was set up in 1987, is known for its Total War series. In 2014, it released Alien: Isolation for consoles and PC.
[Source: Games Industry]