Battalion 1944 developer Bulkhead Interactive is developing a new IP for Square Enix, with the Tomb Raider publisher also now claiming at 20% stake in the Derby-based studio.
Both Battalion 1944 and The Turning Test were released under Square Enix Collective label, with the company’s studio head, Phil Elliott, now joining Bulkhead’s Board of Directors. Battalion 1944 meanwhile is due to pack its bags and leave Early Access in 2019.
‘I’m really excited that we’re taking this step to deepen our partnership with the team at Bulkhead,’ commented Elliott (via GI.biz). ‘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, Bulkhead’s CEO, 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 is sort of a throwback to classic World War II-era shooters, and attempts to recapture the classic multiplayer shenanigans for a new generation.
The game received a substantial patch back in July, which featured a number of bug fixes based on community feedback.