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Square Enix invests in Bulkhead Interactive

Japanese publisher acquires 20 percent stake in Battalion 1944 developer.

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Square Enix has enjoyed a close relationship with Derby-based developer Bulkhead Interactive having published The Turing Test (2016) and Battalion 1944 (Early Access, 2018) through its Square Enix Collective label. Now, this relationship has become even more close-knit as Square Enix has acquired a 20% stake in the studio.

As is the usual procedure we got a couple of statements courtesy of the press release:

"I'm really excited that we're taking this step to deepen our partnership with the team at Bulkhead," said Phil Elliott, director of Indie Publishing at Square Enix, and head of the Collective programme. "From the first meeting we had back in 2015 it was clear to me that the team had a great deal of potential, and we're really looking forward to helping them continue to unlock that in the years to come."

Joe Brammer, CEO at Bulkhead Interactive, added: "It's been a great experience working with Phil and the team at Square Enix - they've always been supportive, looking out for the interests of us as well as the games we've worked on, and this opportunity to build on that relationship is a great next step for the studio as we expand and search for new talent to join our team."

Battalion 1944 will see its full release in "early 2019" and beyond that, Bulkhead Interactive will work on "creating new IP for Square Enix".

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