Devolver Digital Acquires Serious Sam Makers Croteam

Devolver Digital Acquires Serious Sam Makers Croteam

A press release jokes that it could also be the other way around, but let's keep this publisher/developer relationship simple.

Leave it to Devolver Digital to try and spice up something so commonplace as an acquisition press release. Other publishers go about it in a sterile, formulaic way; here's the studio that's being bought, a couple quotes from the publisher's CEO and the head of the development team, and that's that. But no, Devolver and Croteam, makers of Serious Sam and The Talos Principle, "got hitched."

That's the way the two companies put it in the news posted to Devolver's site today. Founding members of Devolver were also part of Gathering of Developers, the publisher that signed Croteam's original Serious Sam back in 2001. Eight years later, the Serious Sam HD remake became Devolver's first published title, and Croteam's been working with Devolver ever since.

"Devolver has acquired Croteam... or maybe Croteam has acquired Devolver... who could really know at this point in the relationship," Devolver says in the press release. The actual financial terms of this acquisition/merger/years-in-the-making union haven't been disclosed, but to outsiders and players of Croteam's games, things may not look all that different.

"Devolver Digital gets to keep making recommendations that Croteam just ignores-we prefer it that way." There's no rebranding on the way, Croteam is still working on more Serious Sam and a sequel to The Talos Principle, and Devolver won't interfere with Croteam's "total creative freedom" over its output.

The most recent release from the two, Serious Sam 4, is out on PC and Google Stadia now ahead of a console release next year. We'll probably see some more goofs about these newlywed companies in Devolver's annual E3 presentation, the publisher's yearly opportunity to go for arch, psychotic antics while promoting its upcoming slate of games. Something like Nina Struthers, Fork Parker, and one of those Serious Sam screaming bomb guys all walking down the aisle together, I bet.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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