SEGA Europe, a subsidiary of SEGA Games, have today announced the acquisition of the award-winning French game development outfit, Amplitude Studios.
The acclaimed developer of the outstanding Endless Series, a 4X strategy franchise including Endless Legend, Endless Space and Dungeon of the Endless, becomes the latest studio to join SEGA Europe’s growing family of talented developers. The acquisition further bolsters an already enviable stable of PC games that includes the likes of Total War: WARHAMMER, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Football Manager, Company of Heroes and Motorsport Manager.
Based in Paris, France, Amplitude Studios were formed in 2011 with a single goal: to create the best strategy games with the help of players. Using a unique development method, Amplitude Studios give their community the opportunity to contribute to the development of their games from an early stage. Using an open crowdsourced development process known as GAMES2GETHER, the studio is able to incorporate and implement player feedback and ideas into an ever evolving design document to ensure the games meet the expectations of players and garner the international acclaim they deserve.
Following the acquisition, SEGA have taken on the publishing responsibilities for the fourth game in the Endless series, the eagerly anticipated, Endless Space 2. The sequel to the award winning Endless Space is a turn-based, 4X space-strategy game that focuses on an age of space colonisation and interstellar empire building with a variety of unique civilizations from within the Endless universe. Endless Space 2 is due to go into Steam Early Access later this year, more details on that soon. Additionally, SEGA will assume publishing responsibility for the back catalogue of Endless games and any associated future content.
“To have the opportunity to add a studio with the growing reputation of Amplitude’s, to the SEGA family, is an exciting one and reinforces SEGA Europe’s position as a market leader in publishing high quality PC games” said Jurgen Post, President/COO for SEGA Europe Ltd. “Culturally, Amplitude are a fantastic fit for the business as they not only produce great games, but also have a proven track record in listening to their fans and directly involving them in the ongoing development of their games through their GAMES2GETHER system.”
“Joining the SEGA family represents the culmination of five years of hard work from myself and Romain and everyone here at Amplitude Studios” said Mathieu Girard, Co-Founder of Amplitude Studios, “For the Endless series to be alongside PC franchises with such heritage as Total War and Dawn of War in the SEGA Europe stable puts our games where we feel they deserve to be. We look forward to leveraging SEGA Europe’s expertise in the PC market to take the Endless series to the next level.”
Amplitude Studios becomes the fourth studio to be acquired by SEGA Europe since 2005, joining Sports Interactive, Creative Assembly and Relic Entertainment. The acquisition further adds to SEGA Europe’s AAA development stable that already boasted some of the best and most iconic strategy games ever made in addition to critically acclaimed titles like Alien: Isolation.