Ubisoft adopts Petz dev

French publisher takes on a big responsibility in cleaning up after Japanese DS studio Digital Kids.

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In September, French publisher Ubisoft was rumored as a possible suitor to acquire Eidos parent company SCi Entertainment, a transaction that would include its stable of multimedia franchises such as Hitman and Tomb Raider. Ubisoft denied that rumor, but today the publisher revealed that it had been in the market for an acquisition with the announcement that it will purchase Japanese studio Digital Kids.

With a staff of 20 developers in Nagoya and Osaka, Digital Kids has worked with Ubisoft on its Petz series of games, specifically Hamsterz Life. In a statement, Ubisoft explained the deal by pointing to the studio's track record in creating pet simulators that appeal to both Japanese and Western audiences.

The publisher's acquisition of the DS-specialist development house is expected to close before the end of the year.

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