MarvelPuzzleQuest 20 Feb

Sega Networks, mobile branch of Sega, has announced today that it has acquired Boston-based developer Demiurge, the studio behind Shoot Many Robots and Marvel Puzzle Quest.

“We’re constantly evaluating the independent mobile game space for studios that fit our vision of fun, high-quality gameplay experiences,” said Haruki Satomi, CEO of SEGA Networks. “Demiurge underscores our commitment to investing in the West and complements our current roster of US and European mobile studios, including Three Rings and Hardlight. In addition, our strategic investments in Ignited Artists and Space Ape Games solidifies our commitment to publishing quality games across the globe.”

Demiurge CEO and co-founder Albert Reed will remain onboard as studio head and also step into the role of Sega Networks’ product manager.

“Joining Sega Networks lets us align with a truly global partner that shares our approach to design, so together we can create the kinds of entertaining, fun and engaging games we all want to make,” Reed said.

According to a report from GamesBeat, Sega’s acquisition of Demiurge does not include the rights to the studio’s popular puzzle game, Marvel Puzzle Quest.

“To clarify, we did not get the actual rights to Marvel [Puzzle Quest] with that acquisition — that’s a separate relationship,” said Chris Olson, senior vice president at Sega Networks. “But we fully intend to strengthen the title and help it be all that it can be,” Olson continued. “Certainly we’re happy to pick that up as part of the deal.”

(via Polygon)