Streets of Rage 4 Developer Dotemu Bought by Focus Home Interactive

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Dotemu, the creator of Streets of Rage 4, is being acquired by Focus Home Interactive (Vampyr, A Plague Tale: Innocence).

In a press release published by Focus Home, the company announced that it has signed a contract for the acquisition of 77.5% of the share capital of Dotemu. The Paris-based studio is known for developing a range of retro-style games including Streets of Rage 4, and its role in the revival of Windjammers.

CEO of Focus Home Christopher Nobileau talked about the positive impact that taking on board Dotemu could have on the Focus Home. He said “The arrival of Dotemu marks a key step in the acceleration of the Group’s growth and in the diversification of its expertise. By enriching our editorial line, we are opening up new revenue and new market shares to conquer in a fast-growing sector.”

Purchasing Dotemu could prove a lucrative decision by Focus Home. The Parisian team achieved a turnover of $17.2 million USD in 2020, and has big plans for the future. Dotemu CEO Cyrille Imbert spoke about the deal, saying that it left the company “ideally positioned to achieve its ambitious growth plan to triple its turnover in the medium term.”

Dotemu is currently working on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge which will release to PC and console upon release. The game is a 4-player co-op, side-scrolling brawler, which is being developed by Tribute Games and published by Dotemu. Drawing inspiration from games like 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Shredder’s Revenge will feature a classic retro-pixel style and “shell-shocking new abilities built on a foundation of classic brawling mechanics.”

Dotemu is also publishing Metal Slug Tactics, an unexpected strategic revival of the classic run ‘n’ gun series. Dotemu has told IGN that it wants to make games based on other classic ’80s and ’90s properties, like Conan, Terminator, and more.

For more on the retro games market, why not check out this episode of Game Scoop!, where the team discusses which other retro classics deserve a sequel.


Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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