Sega has acquired Two Point Hospital developer, Two Point Studios.
Two Point Studios is now a wholly owned Sega studio, fully integrated into Sega’s “Europe pillar” alongside Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Relic Entertainment, Amplitude Studios, and Hardlight. The companies have been working together since January 2017 as part of Sega’s Searchlight Programme which was launched to “look for exciting new development talent”.
The Farnham-based developer was established in 2016 by Lionhead alumni, Gary Carr, Mark Webley and Ben Hymers, “with the goal of creating accessible games with understated depth, set in atypical worlds”. It’s 17-person team includes developers who had previously worked on titles like Black and White, Alien: Isolation, and Fable.
“We’re delighted to welcome Two Point Studios officially in to the SEGA family. As a relatively new, British-based developer with a global hit already under their belts, we knew we had to move quickly on this deal because they are an extremely attractive investment proposition with a great deal of talent,” said Gary Dale, president/COO for SEGA Europe Ltd. “The Searchlight team at SEGA Europe have done a fantastic job integrating the studio over the past two years and the studio have gone on to produce a fantastic title with clear franchise potential.”
“It’s a landmark step for Two Point Studios and we’re thrilled to be joining the SEGA family. We’re looking forward to executing the next phase of our plans as we continue to evolve Two Point County” said Mark Webley, co-founder of Two Point Studios. “It’s a hugely exciting time to be a part of Two Point and we are today thanks to the hard work, passion and dedication of our small, but amazingly talented team here in Farnham and the incredible fans that have supported us throughout and guided our continued development of Two Point Hospital.”
Two Point Studios now joins Hardlight – which has been owned by Sega since 2012 – which was “integrated into the Sega Europe pillar structure” earlier this month. The team “will continue to work on several exciting unannounced projects of which there will be more news in the coming months”, according to Sega.