On November 15, Somerville arrived on Xbox consoles as well as PC by joining Game Pass. And at the same time, the studio behind its development announced its takeover of the Swedish Thunderful Games.
Jumpship will retain its independence
Jumpship, as the studio in question is called, was born in 2017, in particular, under the auspices of Dino Patti. This man founded it with Chris Olsen shortly after leaving Playdead. So after about 5 years, Jumpship becomes the property of the Thunderful Games group, to whom we owe the publication of games such as The Gunk, Firegirl or the most recent LEGO Bricktales, as well as the future Planet of Lana.
The new acquisition – the tenth since the creation of the holding – took place with the usual intervention of each party through a press release. And among them was, in particular, Anders Maikvist, the interim CEO of Thunderful Group, who guaranteed the Jumpship’s autonomy with a statement:
“As part of Thunderful Studios, Jumpship will retain its entrepreneurial freedom and creative autonomy and continue to develop high-level, story-driven, narrative-driven games while the studio will also gain access to the support features that Thunderful Games has built into its integrated and decentralized framework. »
It’s been a while since this operation was put on the table. In fact, the first resurrections date back to a year ago, as mentioned and revealed by Dino Patty, who, in addition to retaining his Jumpship status, was given the role of strategic advisor to Thunderful Games.
“I am very excited about this partnership with Thunderful and what it will bring to Jumpship. I have known Agostino for a very long time and we have built a strong relationship of trust. We talked about this possibility for about a year, and as time went on, I became more and more convinced that this is a great opportunity for Jumpship and Thunderful. »