Somerville was launched earlier today on Xbox and PC as the debut title from Jumpship, a new indie studio that was founded back in 2017. Today, Thunderful announced that they have come to an agreement with Jumpship to acquire the studio for an undisclosed fee (courtesy of VGC). The deal is expected to go through later today.
Thunderful Group is a well-known Swedish video game publisher and developer with a special focus on indie games and acquiring indie teams. The company already has a huge line-up of indie games published in the past both as a developer and as a publisher. Probably SteamWorld Dig 2 is one of the highly acclaimed titles of the company that was launched back in 2017 when Thunderful was a smaller studio called Image And Form Games.
With today's acquisition, Thunderful indicated that they will ensure Jumpship will remain a creative studio working on story-focused experiences. The level of intrigue that Jumpship’s managed to generate for its debut title shows you that this is a team with a deep artistic vision," said the chief gaming officer at Thunderful Agostino Simonetta. "Adding to our already diverse and accomplished roster of talent under the Thunderful Studios’ umbrella is an important part of our strategy to build strong internal IPs. We look forward to supporting the team at Jumpship to harness their skill for building impactful narrative-driven experiences as they continue to create fantastic titles within the Thunderful family."
Dino Patti, the co-founder of Jumpship who was already a CEO at Playdead and worked on both Limbo and Inside, will remain at the studio after the acquisition, operating in a new role as a strategic advisor for Thunderful Group.
Somerville launched today to mixed reviews from both players and media. While the game has a Metacritic score of 75, which is good, the Steam page showcases "Mixed" reviews from players, though the number of submitted reviews at the time of writing this article is only 48, with 63% of them suggesting the game.
Somerville is available for free on Game Pass. Currently, there is no official information on whether it would be available on PlayStation or Nintendo Switch consoles in the future or not.