Golf With Your Friends was a hit with players last year. Though we didn't have the strongest opinions on it – giving it 6/10 stars – we thought it made for a decent mini-golf multiplayer game, though one which suffered from fiddly controls. Evidently, it's been a success for publishers Team17, who've now bought the game's rights and assets from developer Blacklight Interactive for £12 million.
Golf With Your Friends' purchase will be split into two segments, consisting of an initial £9 million payment, followed by a further £3 million after 12 months. Speaking about this directly, Team17 revealed plans to "create additional opportunities to extend the life cycle of the existing game". That includes further DLC, with a potential sequel also being looked into.
During this announcement, Team17 also shared its financial results for 2020, advising these have been "ahead of expectations" and witnessed a 34% increase.
Team17 CEO Debbie Bestwick had this to say about the news:
We are delighted to start 2021 with the announcement that we have acquired GWYF and see great potential in this IP. Over the last two years, GWYF has shown strong consumer demand and mass market appeal, doubling its owner base and achieving success on multiple gaming platforms.
GWYF is the type of IP we believe is right for ownership, it is successful and proven but still at the start of its journey. The team at Blacklight Interactive can be assured that we will take great care of this amazing IP.
Just what 2021 will bring Team17 remains to be seen, but we're certainly excited to see what they've got planned.