French indie studio Focus Home Interactive has announced the acquisition of Deck13 Interactive, the studio behind Soulslikes such as Lords of the Fallen and The Surge franchise.
Deck13 is the first studio Focus Home has bought, according to a recent financial report. “Focus Home Interactive has acquired 100% of Deck13 Interactive’s share capital shares for a total price of €7.1 million [$8 million] (of which €6.5 million [$7.2 million] in cash from the new bank financing and €0.6 million [or $673,000] in shares held in treasury) and a long-term incentive plan for the managers,” the report said. “Deck13 Interactive is a leading German game development studio and long-time partner of Focus Home Interactive.”
Deck13 is most known for The Surge series, releasing a sequel to the 2017 Soulslike in 2019. The Surge 2 received a mixed reception from critics and fans, with our The Surge 2 review scoring it an 8/10. The studio is also a publisher, bringing the retro-inspired RPG CrossCode to life on PC in 2018 through its spotlight program. CrossCode will make the jump to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 8.
While also a developer, Focus Home is best known as a publisher of other action-adventure titles like GreedFall, Styx: Shards of Darkness, Vampyr, and more. The studio’s latest publishing effort, A Plague Tale: Innocence, launched in May 2019 to much fanfare. It received an 8/10 in our A Plague Tale: Innocence review, with critic Khee Hoon Chan saying, “[A Plague Tale is] an incredibly grotesque and spine-chilling sight–one that will linger in your mind hours later.”
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