Two Point Studios, the British games studio responsible for Two Point Hospital, has officially become part of Sega. The takeover was announced earlier today in a press release on Two Point Studio’s website.
The studio expressed their delight at joining Creative Assembly, Sports Interactive, Relic Entertainment and Amplitude Studios, who are all also part of Sega.
Two Point Studios already have an existing relationship with Sega, who are the publishers for the company’s hospital management simulator.
Two Point Studios was founded in July 2016 by Ben Hymers and former Bullfrog developers Mark Webley and Gary Carr. They are a small UK based studio with just 17 employees, many of whom previously worked at Bullfrog, Lionhead Studios and Mucky Foot Productions.
The studio has previously played to its strengths, utilizing the skill-sets of a team with extensive experience in simulation games to produce their debut title, Two Point Hospital, a spiritual successor to Theme Hospital.
The game was released last August and has been a critical and commercial success. It puts you in the role of hospital builder and overseer as you strive to create a hospital able to deal with the wide range of bizarre illness in Two Point county. Since release the game has seen two paid dlc packs and several free updates, including the recent Superbug Initiative which allows players to work together to achieve common goals.
Speaking about the take over Mark Webley, one of the co-founders of Two Point Studios, said “It’s a landmark step for Two Point Studios and we’re thrilled to be joining the Sega family. We’re looking forward to executing the next phase of our plans as we continue to evolve Two Point County”
Sega has been working with the team prior to this as part of its Searchlight program, which aims to identify new talent and opportunities for the publisher. The searchlight initiative saw Sega investing in and signing publishing deals with independent studios, including Two Point Studio. This take over is an expansion of that we are told “means new, exciting management sims coming from us!”
Many fans are hoping the next game on the cards is a spiritual successor to fellow Bullfrog classic, Theme Park.