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The Oldest Continuously Active Movie Company Just Bought Supermassive Games

Deal intended to assure future story and narrative-driven games from the studio behind the Dark Pictures titles

Supermassive Games, developers of The Quarry and The Dark Pictures Anthology series haa been acquired by Nordisk Film, a Danish film production company.

UK-based Supermassive studio took to Twitter to announce the buy-out but kept the cost under wraps.

Nordisk Film is based in Copenhagen and is the world’s oldest continuously active movie production company, founded way back in 1906. Their Nordisk Games division has minority and majority stakes in six other development studios.

Mikkel Weider, CEO of Nordisk Games stated, ”In the year we’ve worked alongside Pete and Joe and the whole Supermassive team, it’s been clear to us the amount of talent, as well as how much potential there is to further develop the kinds of story and narrative-driven games they excel at.”

Supermassive Games is the third brand that Nordisk has acquired. The Danish company paid a massive $103 million in 2018 for Avalanche Studios, developers of the highly acclaimed open-world action game Just Cause, but left creative control up to the Swedish studio.

Shared values

Supermassive boss Pete Samuels said, “It’s been a little over a year since Nordisk Games made an initial investment in Supermassive Games and our vision for the future. During that time, we have found that we share a lot of important values with Weider and his team, and we believe these values to be equally important to our existing commercial partners who we will continue to support.

“Having had such a positive experience over the past year, it wasn’t a difficult decision when Nordisk Games wanted to explore increasing their investment. We have an exciting and ambitious growth strategy for Supermassive Games and Nordisk Games ownership only enhances that. I’m hugely excited about where the security offered by this partnership and continued access to the expertise within Nordisk Games will take us next.”

In March last year, Nordisk had a 30.7% stake in Supermassive Games and both companies credited the move for the full buyout.

Next up from Supermassive is The Devil in Me, the fourth entry in the studio’s annual horror game anthology series The Dark Pictures, which will star Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley and is scheduled to launch this autumn.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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