Foundation 9 wrestles with Sumo Digital

The US-based developer swoops on the UK studio that brought the world Virtua Tennis 3 and Super Rub a Dub.

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Foundation 9 Entertainment has bought its eighth studio--the UK's Sumo Digital. Sumo Digital's CEO, James North-Hearn, will now move into the role of managing director for Foundation 9 Europe, and oversee the company's European operations.

Sumo Digital is based in Sheffield in the UK, and also has an office in India. It was founded in 2003 by Carl Cavers, Paul Porter, Darren Mills, and James North-Hearn, four former members of the Infogrames management team. The company has worked on titles including Super Rub a Dub for the PlayStation Network, Virtua Tennis 3 for the Xbox 360, and Outrun 2006: Coast to Coast for multiple platforms.

Foundation 9 currently has more than 20 projects in development dispersed among its many studios, including Shiny's The Golden Compass and Pipeworks' Godzilla: Unleashed.

Foundation 9 currently has seven other studios: Amaze Entertainment, Backbone Entertainment, The Collective, Digital Eclipse, ImaginEngine, Pipeworks, and Shiny Entertainment. The deal marks the publisher's first expansion outside of North America. Financial terms were not disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2007.

Discussion

18 comments
Mesagoji
Mesagoji

Cool they updated the article regarding who's developing what. I'm like, a journalist or something! :D

JMizzle
JMizzle

As long as they make Dirty Harry good i don't care

ctg867
ctg867

Super Rub a Dub was awful, Virtua Tennis 3 was alright, and. Outrun 2006 was alright. I expect The Golden Compass and Godzilla to both suck though. So really, who cares?

sectorzero
sectorzero

Foundation 9 is getting big. Let's just hope their games don't suck.

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

I thought it was about a sumo game, not that I want that.

ShmenonPie
ShmenonPie

Mmmm, good good, nothing wrong with a nice healthy takeover! But didn't Sumo Digital do the PS3 Virtua Tennis 3 as well as the 360 one?

Mesagoji
Mesagoji

I was sure Pipeworks was working on Godzilla: Unleashed, not Sumo Digital.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

lol, people expected a Sumo game.

doobist
doobist

N8A :Man I was hoping for an awesome Sumo Game...I feel deceived -------------------------------- Same here!

Poost
Poost

I'm looking forward to The Golden Compass movie, but I really don't want to see a horrible game that will be rushed out so it can release with the movie....

N8A
N8A

Man I was hoping for an awesome Sumo Game...I feel deceived

KingKoop
KingKoop

Sumo Digital? Strange they've never really had a "Classic title" I feel, hardly worth the money.

BigC43
BigC43

Interesting. Perhaps someday Foundation 9 will publish their own games.