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Massive Entertainment Hires Entire Southend Interactive Staff After Deep Silver Fallout

Posted on June 12, 2013 AT 03:36pm

Massive Entertainment—the developers behind the just-announced Tom Clancy title The Division—has acquired the entire staff of Swedish development studio Southend Interactive, GamesIndustry reports.

GamesIndustry’s report comes from Swedish website Sydsvenskan, who claims that the Southend team—comprised of 24 staffers—and some of their technology will be employed in the development of online third-person shooter/MMORPG The Division.

The acquisition was confirmed by Southend’s Bjorn Persson on Twitter, and again later in a statement released by Massive.

Members of the studio specifically cite a strained relationship and issues with publisher Deep Silver as the cause of their closure.

“It’s with great sadness that we now close the doors and put an end to over 15 years of games development culture. I am so sorry I was not able to prevent this, that this happened on my watch. I still can’t believe that a publisher can deliberately choke a development partner this way. Your actions have been both disgraceful and highly unethical,” former Southend chief executive officer and current Massive producer Fredrik Bronjemark wrote on his LinkedIn page.

“No shadow should fall on the Deep Silver production team. I now know that you stood up for us internally, and understand that some of you have resigned after this,” he added. “Thank you for your support.”


Source: GamesIndustry International

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