Devolver Digital Acquires Serious Sam Developer Croteam

Devolver Digital has officially acquired Serious Sam developer Croteam, finally taking their relationship to the logical next step.

By Ricky Frech

October 21, 2020

Devolver Digital and Croteam have finally made it official; they’re sticking together for the long haul. Today, the indie mega-publisher announced that they have acquired the Serious Sam studio. Or maybe Croteam acquired Devolver? Who can really say? What is clear, is that players looking for their next Serious Sam fix or who can’t wait to play The Talos Principle 2 will be doing so with Devolver as the publisher.

Of course, anyone paying attention to the two companies isn’t that surprised by this news. After all, Devolver Digital’s first work as a publishing partner was with Croteam with Serious Sam 3. However, what might a little less well-known is that the original Serious Sam games also have some Devolver connections. Those games were published by Gathering of Developers, which Devolver Digital founder Mike Wilson helped start in 1998. That Wilson-Croteam connection likely made this deal relatively simple.

Not that you were worried, but, in the announcement, Devolver made it clear that Croteam will retain “total creative freedom” from the publisher. So, while Fox Parker is free to make recommendations, Croteam will probably just ignore them.

Regardless, this deal makes total sense. The companies have been working together for so long that this marriage seemed destined. Devolver Digital’s publishing output is getting downright staggering at this point. It’ll be interesting to see if they bring in any of their other long-time partners somewhere down the road.

Serious Sam 4 is available now on PC and Stadia. It’s probably not going to blow you away, but it’s the definition of dumb fun. Plus, the shotgun is overpowered to a ridiculous degree, which is always fine by me.

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