Today, SEGA – makers of multiple hedgehog-based products – announced they have acquired Amplitude Studios, the developers of Endless Space, Dungeon of the Endless, Endless Legend, and the upcoming Endless Space 2.
On the face of it, Amplitude may seem like a strange choice for SEGA, however it’s important to remember that in recent years they have added Creative Assembly (responsible for the Total War franchise) and Relic (makers of the Dawn of War, Homeworld and Company of Heroes series), both major players in the strategy market.
At their blog over at Games2Gether, Amplitude posted:
“We have decided to join forces with SEGA – yes, that SEGA! We want the only question that keeps us up at night to be, ‘How do I make better games?’ Partnering with SEGA will bring us to a whole new level.”
President and COO of SEGA Europe, Jurgen Post, said SEGA shared Amplitude’s enthusiasm over the acquisition:
“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. 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.”
How much of an impact this will have on the development of Endless Space 2 and on other Amplitude properties in general is yet to be seen, but you can bet we’ll be covering it here at eXplorminate!