Bought the studio, buying the games
Big Ben Interactive has just announced the procurement of the publishing rights for a new game in development. Following the acquisition of French game developing studio Cyanide earlier this year, Big Ben has said that they are also going to be publishing Cyanide’s upcoming game Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood.
Originally announced and slated for release in 2017 by publisher Focus Home Interactive and in the works for at least two years, the game has had a turbulent development for a while now. As of yet, Big Ben has not announced a specific release date for the game, only that it is scheduled to be released in 2020. Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood, which is based on Paradox Interactive’s World of Darkness universe, was originally licensed to Focus by White Wolf, who themselves were acquired by Paradox Interactive in 2015.
According to a press release by Big Ben Interactive, the acquisition of Cyanide was meant to be a step towards the publisher branching out into the development of video games.
"We are thrilled to have reached this agreement which considers, in an equitable way, the different parties' investments. This will allow Cyanide to keep the ball rolling on the game's development and to give its numerous fans a really unique experience, in a universe that gamers are very fond of," says Big Ben CEO Alain Falc.
The plot of Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood centers on a werewolf named Cahal who was banished from his clan and is now forced to return to help them. This action RPG utilizes mechanics including Cahal’s Rage and allows you to take a key role in the Great War of the Garou, fighting for the balance of nature and mother earth against corporate giant Pentex.
Are you looking forward to playing Werewolf: The Apocalypse? What other additions to the World of Darkness universe would you like to see? How do you feel about Big Ben as the new publisher? Let us know in the comments below!