Devolver Digital has acquired Astroneer developer System Era Softworks, both companies announced early this morning.
The Seattle-based developer is now part of Devolver’s growing list of internal developers, after nearly a “decade of mutual admiration and friendship.” Devolver joked that they “almost published” Astroneer when the game came out years ago, but that was when both companies were still new.
“Today, after almost a decade of mutual admiration and friendship, Devolver Digital and System Era declare their undying love for one another in the only way they know how: by turning down the lights, turning up the heat, and forming a strategic business relationship,” the announcement reads.
It continues, “Back when Devolver and System Era were just a glint in the video game industry’s eye, both teams vowed to build companies that reflected their spirit of independence. They placed passion and creativity proudly at the forefront of their businesses, and quickly found success. Now, they have new ambitions that they felt could be explored better, together.”
“We’ve always seen Devolver’s banner as a mark of quality,” System Era CEO Brendan Wilson said. “Their developer-first ethos has paved the way for some of the boldest and most creative ideas to thrive, and we’re thrilled to be joining a merry band of like-minded people where our games will get the support they need within a culture they love.”
System Era will continue to make “cool video games” under Devolver, and they’re already working on “something new and exciting” while the Astroneer community can rest easy knowing the 2024 roadmap is coming.
Here’s a video announcing the new acquisition: