Sumo Digital Purchases EVE Valkyrie Devs From CCP

As CCP walks away from its VR development Sumo Digital may be ready to enter the ring after buying the team behind EVE Valkyrie from the Icelandic company. 

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CCP Games, creators of EVE Online have sold their Newcastle studio to developers Sumo Digital for an unknown sum.

The Newcastle studio is the team behind EVE’s space combat VR title EVE Valkyrie. The sale is leading some to speculate that Sumo may be interested in breaking into the VR market and could have something to do with CCP's recent announcement that they were no longer pursuing VR. Sumo themselves are known for their work on Forza Horizon 3, the upcoming Crackdown 3, and Dead Island 2. CCP and Sumo have also worked together in the past on a FPS inspired by EVE Online called Project Nova, and the two companies appear to have a positive relationship.

CCP CEO Himalr Pétursson stated: "As we say goodbye to our former colleagues we know that they will do great things there, and we can't wait to see what they do next."

Along with the studio purchase, the team at Sumo will also be keeping 34 employees and former executive producer Owen O’Brien will be staying on as the new studio director.

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