The latest addition to Sega’s pool of PC developers are ex-head Lionhead veterans who apparently have ‘several’ new games on the way.
Sega has added yet another PC studio to its list of in-house developers, by buying UK-based company Two Point Studios.
The studio is headed up by Lionhead alumni Gary Carr, Mark Webley, and Ben Hymers, which makes sense as Two Point Hospital is obviously inspired by Bullfrog (the precursor to Lionhead) classic Theme Hospital.
It’s currently the only game they’ve made but they’re apparently now working on ‘several exciting unannounced projects’ to be announcing in the ‘coming months’. Which might mean E3 next month.
The original publishing deal was made as part of Sega Europe’s new Searchlight programme, which looks to sign up new developers and IP, so it’s going to be interesting to see who else they might work with in the future.
Since it is a Sega Europe initiative though that’s probably going to mean primarily PC developers, adding to a stable that includes Creative Assembly (Total War), Sports Interactive (Football Manager), Relic Entertainment (Warhammer 40,000: Dawn Of War but currently working on Age Of Empires IV for Microsoft), Amplitude Studios (Endless Space), and HARDlight (Sonic Dash).
‘It’s a landmark step for Two Point Studios and we’re thrilled to be joining the Sega family. We’re looking forward to executing the next phase of our plans as we continue to evolve Two Point County’, said Webley.
That comment suggests that at least one of their new games is going to be set in the same universe as Two Point Hospital, and very probably a similar kind of comedy business sim.
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