SEGA and Creative Assembly have announced the acquisition of Bulgaria-based Crytek Black Sea and formed the newly named team of 60 staff, Creative Assembly Sofia.
The studio was best known for their game Knights of Honor, a historical RTS game. In 2015, while under the ownership of Crytek, they worked on the free-to-play MOBA title named Arena of Fate which hit a Closed Beta before being canned.
Tim Heaton, Creative Assembly studio director commented on the acquisition:
Now in our 30th year of games development, with an army of multi-million selling titles to our name and a history of world-renowned partnerships, Creative Assembly is proof of the UK games industry’s potential for global success. Due to this success, we are further expanding our UK base and developing additional projects overseas, whilst pursuing top talent from across the globe to join us, all in support of our commitment to creating high quality, authentic gaming experiences.Our continued growth allows us to be dynamic with our future projects, constantly seeking new opportunities and reaching a wider audience with our games.
Creative Assembly Sofia have already started work on unannounced projects for 2017 and beyond.