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Video game company acquisitions are happening more and more often lately, and while this latest revelation isn’t quite as earth shattering as some recent moves by Microsoft and Sony, it’s still big news for fans of retro-styled games.

Focus Home Interactive, known for various Sherlock Holmes games, A Plague Tale, and much more besides from a variety of European studios, has announced it has acquired Dotemu for €38.5 million, or around US$46 million.

Dotemu is perhaps best known for its various retro revivals, from porting the likes of Ys Origin to working on comebacks like Streets of Rage 4 and Windjammers 2. It doesn’t sound like their focus will be shifting, either, as in the accompanying document CEO Cyrille Imbert states:

“While retaining the editorial and strategic independence that has made it successful, Dotemu will be able to give even greater ambition to its projects and give itself the means to broaden the range of services offerend to studios… Therefore, Dotemu is ideally positioned to achieve its ambitious growth plan to triple its turnover in the medium term.”

Intriguingly, he also mentions that the expertise Focus Home Interactive’s teams will help “launch the production of future remakes or sequels on licenses of first-generation 3D consoles.”

We’ll just have to wait and see what comes of this newfound partnership, which is set to be finalized in September.

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Written by Tom Brown

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