Sumo Digital acquires CCP Games' Newcastle studio

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Late previous year, CCP Newcastle, the studio primarily responsible for EVE Valkyrie, was set to be sold off by CCP. 34 staff from the studio behind EVE: Valkyrie have been transferred to Sumo Digital, with Owen O'Brien, former Executive Producer, appointed as Studio Director.

They're now completing the arduous development of Crackdown 3 for the first half of this year, and they took over development of Dead Island 2 back in 2016.

Sumo Digital didn't announce what the Newcastle studio would be working on, only saying that the acquisition "extends Sumo's capacity and breadth of experience".

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It works with publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Sega and Disney Interactive and current titles in development include Crackdown 3, in collaboration with Reagent and Microsoft, Dead Island 2 for Koch Media and Project Nova for CCP Games. Originally based in Sheffield, UK, the company has since expanded to Nottingham and Pune, India, and have also acquired art studio Atomhawk a year ago.

In their announcement, Sumo Digital Managing Director Paul Porter had the following to say.

Sumo Digital and CCP Games are both heading in radically different directions.