Bigben Interactive Acquires V-Rally 4 Developer Kylotonn Racing
British publisher Bigben Interactive has acquired its third (and last) studio of 2018: France-based racing game developer Kylotonn Racing.
British publisher Bigben Interactive has already acquired two studios this year, Cyanide and Eko Software, and they will now be adding a third to that lineup. Today, Bigben Interactive announced that it has fully acquired Kylotonn Racing, a developer known for working on titles like V-Rally 4, FlatOut 4: Total Insanity, and WRC 7.
The studio employs 100 developers across Paris and Lyon, France, and will continue to work on racing games for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch after the acquisition is complete. While Bigben Interactive did acquire the remaining shares studio founder Roman Vincent had, he will still stay on board at the studio to manage with some autonomy. Roman Vincent commented on how he felt about the purchases of Kylotonn Racing:
“We are proud to become fully part of the Bigben group for which we have developed games for more than 10 years. The longstanding cooperation with Bigben, a token for stable and smooth relations between the teams, our specialization on 2 wheel and 4 wheel off-road racing games as well as the use of prestigious brands WRC, Isle of Man TT, V-Rally, and Test Drive Unlimited represent competitive advantages for the Group that our integration will strengthen.”
Bigben Interactive now wholly owns six development teams across France and Canada, and will not be purchasing any other studios in 2018. These developers were acquired in an effort to consolidate game development with studios Bigben previously worked with and trusted. Bigben Interactive Alain Falc commented on this acquisition as well:
“By increasing our shareholding in Kylotonn, we validate the merits of this strategic acquisition initiated in 2017 and warmly welcome the talents of experienced developers which we have already fully appreciated over many past projects. The rise of Bigben in the segment of racing games remains a major strategic axis for our future growth.”
Kylotonn’s latest title, V-Rally 4, is currently available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and can be picked up on Amazon. We will also be sure to let you know what the studio does next now that they are wholly owned by Bigben Interactive.