Curve Digital's parent company, Catalis, has acquired Runner Duck for an unspecified sum.
The acquisition of the award-winning Brighton-based studio sees it join Curve Digital, Testronic and Kuju as part of Catalis' "ambitious acquisitions strategy" that "restate[s] its pledge to become one of the UK’s most significant gaming companies".
"Given the relationship between the two companies and the success we’ve both enjoyed, this agreement feels like the natural next step," says Jon Wingrove, co-founder of Runner Duck. "There was a natural fit from the moment we first met the Curve gang, and so we’re delighted to be able to ink an agreement which gives us the support and resources to continue the Crew franchise."
"We’ve huge plans for what we do next," adds Dave Miller, fellow co-founder of Runner Duck, "and joining Catalis offers us the means to accelerate plans for our next games. Bomber Crew has been such an incredible success – we can’t wait to unveil what’s coming next."
"Bomber Crew was our first fully-funded game as 'New Curve' so it makes sense that Runner Duck is our first acquisition," says Dominic Wheatley, CEO, Catalis. "The Runner Duck team are such a joy to work with, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with them to create the next in the Crew series.
"But this is just the start of what we want to do as a group – there’s so much more to follow. Over the coming year, we’ll be seeking more acquisition targets as we continue to build Catalis in to one of the UK’s most significant gaming companies. Whilst we’ve been working hard behind the scenes on additional potential partners, studios who want to be a part of this incredibly exciting time should absolutely get in touch."
Runner Duck and Curve Digital will reveal more about what's to come in the Bomber Crew series "over the coming months".
We recently talked to Runner Duck about the making of Bomber Crew - you can read about it right here.