Amid Restructuring, Sega Buys BioShock, Mass Effect Co-Developer Demiurge

Sega Networks acquires Boston-based studio and makes major investments in two other Western outfits.

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As Sonic and Total War publisher Sega transitions away from console games and toward PC and mobile titles, the company on Thursday confirmed investments in three Western developers, the most notable of which is Boston-based firm Demiurge Studios.

Demiurge--which has been bought outright by Sega Networks--has worked with a number of big-name partners, including Harmonix, Gearbox, Irrational, and BioWare. The studio contributed to multiple Rock Band track packs, built the PC edition of Mass Effect, assisted with art design on the original BioShock, and worked on the ultimately canceled Wii U version of Aliens: Colonial Marines.

The studio's most recent release was mobile game Marvel Puzzle Quest, which it continues to support. Demiurge CEO Albert Reed will join Sega Networks as its VP of product management while retaining his title and role at Demiurge.

Writing on its own website, Demiurge--which had been for 13 years an independent company--explained that its sale to Sega won't lead to major changes for the studio.

"Through some miraculous happenstance of fate, we've founded a partner that likes us just the way we are--warts and all," the developer wrote. The studio will continue its work on Marvel Puzzle Quest, stay in its office, and won't change names as a result of the buyout.

Demiurge also explained that the company's long-term goal was to "build a publishing organization," and becoming a part of Sega--tapping into its knowledgebase of free-to-play games domestically and abroad--allows the studio to do that.

"It almost feels unfair to get to have this group working alongside us," Demiurge explained.

Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Demiurge becomes the third wholly owned Sega Networks studio, joining Three Rings and Hardlight. Check out the video below to learn more about Demiurge.

In addition to Demiurge, Sega snapped up a majority share in San Francisco-based gaming startup Ignited Artists, which is currently prototyping its first game. On top of that, the publisher has made a "strategic investment" in UK-based game company Space Ape Games.

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Straying away from consoles seems like an oddball decision considering their entire success has been based off consoles. If they're no longer making money from consoles then they've only got themselves to blame because they're not making games people enjoy any more.

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Baitline.


For a second I almost killed someone because I envisioned a future where a Bioshock 3 came out and it had 192 DLC packs.

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wow they actually had the money to buy them? i thought they went bankrupt after sonic boom LMAO

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sega is doing very well, or did you not notice the DLC r@pe customary of all modern Sega games? Total War, Company of Heroes, Alien Isolation, Typing of the Dead, etc.

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Total War: Bioshock.

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Sega... sigh. R.I.P Bioshock

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sega didnt buy Bioshock read the damn article.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Um... NO! The title says and I quote... "Sega Buys BioShock". That sir, is enough to infer that Sega did indeed buy Bioshock. If you read a headline, "man rhapes donkey while eating a sandwich and playing GTA5". Wouldn't you infer a man rhaped a donkey, while simultaneously eating a sandwich and playing GTA5? In any case, no thanks. Regardless of what the article states it is of no consequence or importance to me.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> That's called baiting. They didn't buy bioshock. RTFM.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Um... NO! The title says and I quote "Bioshock and Mass Effect Co-developer". It didn't say it bought the rights to Bioshock, nor did it say they bought the rights to Mass Effect, which they would have to do to make either of those games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Your quote is incorrect, "Sega Buys BioShock, Mass Effect Co-Developer"... but that's beside the point >.> The closing sentence of my previous response suggests I did not bother to read the article. If I read the headline entirely however, I would have realized Sega did not buy Bioshock. In any case, it's not important whether or not I had misinformation regarding the matter. Again, it is inconsequential, and I do not care. Feel free to carry on this debate without me, I'm done here.

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Damn it...who will make Dragon Force 3 now?!

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"Sega buys Bioshock." Nooooooo!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Then you read the rest of the article and realize Eddie just click baiting again.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, the whole "Noooooo!" thing was my initial reaction to the bait.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL I know right

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How about you localize your games, Sega?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Too late, Xenoblade Chronicles X is close to dropping, so I don't even care about Phantasy Star Online 2 anymore. Sega are a waste of space, dawdling on everything useful and w.hore Sonic out everywhere, he's in traction and on IV's. Sega is literally garbage right now and barely just a shadow(no pun intended) of their former selves and Capcom is steadfastly following them as well with the constant stream of garbage games and antics.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Uh.


Binary Domain, Total War, CoH, Alien Isolation, these beg to differ.

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The Dreamcast 2, it's coming with the new Shenmu, Sega is rising again.

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Nah the next console at this rate will be..... "dreamboxpswii". ;)

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I've been reppin' Sega since I was in footies decades ago, but seriously just close up shop, they're ruining everything. They could end all of this if they would only put Sonic up for sell, the price he'd fetch would fix all their problems.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Nobody wants Sanic, and that is a good thing. Let the dead sleep.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Bleh I agree. There just isn't anything that interesting about Sonic or any of the other characters.

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I really don't want a Bioshock Free to Play game... Of course with Ken Levine gone, the franchise will never be the same.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's not your fault the headline for this article is so stupidly titled, but this studio has practically nothing to do with Bioshock.

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Hopefully this means we'll see more Sega classics yet to be re-released on Steam and GoG.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> GOG only please. I like my classics DRM free


Not that it matters anyway since I can play most of them for free already via emulation but ok

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I'm sick of publicly shaming Eddie for his clickbait titles. They are so painfully obvious now they are speaking for themselves. Just getting outrageous.


He's bordering on ad-scam territory,as far as the language goes.

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Well those franchises are now dead.
Sonic the Hedgehog will show up in one form or another.
The Voice Acting and music will be standard SEGA Quality... BAD


That's a shame I liked those series.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> "Co-Developer". They do not own the rights to Bioshock nor Mass Effect in any way, shape or form.
As the article says, they only did some art design for Bioshock, while 'created' (ported) the Windows version of Mass Effect.

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Ruining Total War was enough. Rome 2 was an abomination and Attila was average.


Sega is where franchises go to die, I'm convinced of this now.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Attila *was*? It's been out for 2 days.


I 190% guarantee you don't even own it, much less have played even an hour of it.


I permaquit Rome 2 after Emperor Edition broke all of the good mods and they never got updated, and I can still safely say Emperor Edition and Attila are great games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> There good games, want to talk anymore crap.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sega still hasn't done the obvious thing and finish a great series like Shenmue, so yes, I'll keep talking crap.

I'm still stuck in that cave btw

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It looks like Sega isn't sure what they should be doing so they are trying to buy someone who has a clue. Rarely does that work out so well.

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Oh the art of clickbait titles... ''Sega buys Bioshock, Mass Effect.....co-developer Demiurge'' (responsible for about 10% if not less of the workload on those games)...

Good on sega regardless.

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I think this is good news, Sega needs to move or die right now, buying studios that probably have promising projects in the works could really get them back on track, also the money they can make on Steam and mobile will allow them to put more money into future projects.

Maybe one day they will put out the next Virtua Fighter, and the last of the Shenmue franchise, but that will probably happen when Half Life 3 is confirmed

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Or they'll just run all these studios to ground with them

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Shoot Many Robots II pretty please.

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xbox only games here we come

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah have fun with the latest Sonic turd they flush out, seriously no one wants Sega games anymore, which is very unfortunate as they had some great IP's, but are too stupid to figure out a way to bring them back.

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