Bigben Interactive has announced they’ve acquired Cyanide Studio.
A French publisher established back in 1981, Bigben now wholly owns Cyanide Studio, who are also based in France.
Cyanide is known for their Styx and Blood Bowl series, as well as their upcoming titles Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game and Werewolf The Apocalypse: The Official Video Game.
While Bigben hasn’t been known for video games, their investment into racing game developer Kylotonn Racing (also a French studio) cements their entrance to the game development scene. The acquisition of Cyanide means Bigben can acquire assets from several IPs from the company.
“This acquisition is a capital milestone in Bigben’s strategy as it greatly enhances our ability to create new games that meet our ambitions in the AA segment,” Bigben Interactive chairman and CEO Alain Falc said. “Bigben is also proud to welcome to its Group the talents of Cyanide, one of the most creative French studios in the sector and we will be supporting their upswing towards new, even more ambitious projects.”
Cyanide chairman and CEO Patrick Pligersdorffer also talked up the new move, “We are pleased to join the Bigben Group, an international reference player in video games, moved by a vision and an ambition which fully correspond to our culture and our growth targets. Joining the Bigben Group gives us a unique opportunity to increase our production capacity in order to create ever more qualitative games and to maximize their commercial performance.”
It’s worth pointing out Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game and Werewolf The Apocalpyse: The Official Video Game are both getting published by Focus Home Interactive per an existing publishing deal. However, Cyanide studio currently has nine games in development.