Dotemu is a name that'll be familiar to plenty of Switch gamers; the publisher has produced and supported some outstanding 'new retro' titles in recent years, either remastering classics or producing long-awaited sequels in dormant IPs alongside talented development partners. Examples include Streets of Rage 4 and Windjammers, while upcoming projects include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge.
The company's success evidently drew the attention of potential investors, with Focus Home Interactive today confirming that it has acquired a controlling stake of 77.5%. Focus Home Interactive has recently published notable multi-platform titles like A Plague Tale: Innocence, SnowRunner and Hood: Outlaws & Legends.
The announcement emphasizes that the move represents continual growth for both parties; on the part of Dotemu, Cyrille Imbert has stressed that the company will retain its independence in key areas.
Joining the Focus Home Interactive Group was an obvious choice for Dotemu. We share the same passion for video games, the same desire to improve, as well as the same values of respect and benevolence towards our partners and teams. While continuing its activities, this new collaboration will allow Dotemu to benefit from the incontestable expertise of Focus Home Interactive's teams for the production of AA titles and thus launch the production of future remakes or sequels on licenses of first-generation 3D consoles (the games of the early 2000s).
While retaining the editorial and strategic independence that has made it so successful, Dotemu will be able to give even greater ambition to its projects and give itself the means to broaden the range of services offered to studios, in order to guarantee the success of their productions on the retro label as well as on the publishing label The Arcade Crew. Therefore, Dotemu is ideally positioned to achieve its ambitious growth plan to triple its turnover in the medium term. My mission will also be to share Dotemu's expertise with Focus Home Interactive's teams, to select and convince talented teams to join the Group in order to build, together, a key player in the video game industry on a global scale.
For fans of Dotemu's output the line about benefits to future projects in remakes and sequels of 'first-generation 3D consoles' is sure to generate some excitement. And yes, we're still hoping that the recently announced Metal Slug Tactics will eventually make its way to Nintendo hardware.
Let us know what you think of this move, and what you hope to see in the future from Dotemu in particular.