Metroid: Samus Returns

Denmark-based company Nordisk Games has announced it has acquired 40% of the Spanish-based developer MercurySteam.

MercurySteam is best-known in recent years for its outstanding 2017 3DS release, Metroid: Samus Returns. It's also previously worked on series like Castlevania, including the 2013 release Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate.

As highlighted by VGC, Nordisk Games now has a portfolio of eight European game studios. These companies include the likes of Avalanche Studios Group (Just Cause), Raw Fury (Call of the Sea), and a handful of others.

Nordisk Games senior partner Martin Walfisz provided the following statement about MercurySteam:

"MercurySteam’s track record speaks for itself, and the games they now have in development are extremely promising and exciting."

MercurySteam's CEO and co-founder Enric Alvarez is also excited for the studio to enter a "new era of consolidation and growth".

“Since the first time we met with them [Nordisk], we were very clear that both parties shared the same DNA, ambition and objectives... The saying ‘The best is yet to come’ takes on all its meaning now.”

By having less than 50 percent ownership of the companies it acquires, Nordisk is able to ensure the founders of studios "have control over their own destiny".

MercurySteam's most recent release was the 2017 free-to-play action-adventure game Spacelords.