Sumo Digital's parent company, Sumo Group, has announced the acquisition of The Chinese Room. Sumo Group has purchased the developer, known best for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, for a reported £2.2 million.
The figure and purchase report comes from Directorstalk.net, where Sumo Group CEO Carl Cavers said of the purchase: "I am really pleased with the acquisition of The Chinese Room and that Dan has chosen to join Sumo Digital. We believe his renowned and proven creative abilities will add real value to the business. The Chinese Room has an outstanding reputation and its acquisition will enhance and extend Sumo Digital’s capabilities, as well as bringing new intellectual property and accelerating our own IP pipeline."
The Chinese Room is based in Brighton (where this news piece is being written up, incidentally), and is best known for, as we mentioned earlier, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, a narrative exploration game set in a small English town. The aforementioned game earned The Chinese Room three BAFTA awards back in 2015, but the small team is also responsible for Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and So Let us Melt.
Sumo Group's most famous development house is Sumo Digital, the studio currently working on Crackdown 3 for Microsoft. In January 2018 Sumo Group also acquired CCP's Newcastle studio, rebranding it Sumo Digital Newcastle.
At the time of writing, we're not yet sure what The Chinese Room's next project is. We'll have to wait and see for more information on the next game from the Brighton-based developers.