Out of the blue, it has been revealed that Sumo Digital has acquired the previously closed developer The Chinese Room.
Known for titles such as Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, The Chinese Room’s acquisition allows it to continue working on the games it had cooking in the oven before its closure in the summer of last year.
Jessica Curry is no longer part of the team, instead focusing on her career as a composer, but it is stated that she will continue to provide music for projects as required. And as for what comes next, The Chinese Room is looking to revisit some of its prototypes, as well as resurrect plans for some other games it was interested in pursuing. There’s also the possibility of the company returning to its Google Daydream title So Let Us Melt, further developing it and presenting it to a wider audience.
You can read Dan Pinchbeck’s full statement on The Chinese Room’s acquisition right here. Suffice to say, it’s an exciting time for Sumo Digital, who after working with major platform holders such as Sony and Microsoft for a number of years is now building an extensive portfolio of studios. It was only late last year that it acquired EVE developer CCP Games.