SEGA has acquired UK-based Two Point Studios, developer of Two Point Hospital. The publisher had already worked with the studio for two years and have now directly adopted them into the family. They announced it is a result of their Searchlight program, which aims to find new talent, studios, and games to support. It’s the first to come out of the program, but according to SEGA, it’s not the last.
We’re really excited to announce we are now officially part of the @SEGA clan!
You can bet your bottom this means new, exciting management sims coming from us!
— Two Point Studios (@TwoPointStudios) May 9, 2019
Two Point Hospital and the future at SEGA
Two Point Hospital released in Aug. 2018 as the studio’s debut title to critical acclaim with high ratings and positive reviews across the board. Mark Webley, Gary Carr, and Ben Hymers, the studio’s founders, saw the game as a spiritual successor to Theme Hospital, which they worked on together over 20 years prior.
“It’s a landmark step for Two Point Studios and we’re thrilled to be joining the SEGA family,” Webley said. “We’re looking forward to executing the next phase of our plans as we continue to evolve Two Point County”.
“It’s a hugely exciting time to be a part of Two Point and we are here today thanks to the hard work, passion and dedication of our small, but amazingly talented team here in Farnham and the incredible fans that have supported us throughout and guided our continued development of Two Point Hospital.”
Gary Dale, President and COO of SEGA Europe, was equally excited: “We’re delighted to welcome Two Point Studios officially in to the Sega family. As a relatively new, British-based developer with a global hit already under their belts, we knew we had to move quickly on this deal because they are an extremely attractive investment proposition with a great deal of talent. The Searchlight team at Sega Europe have done a fantastic job integrating the studio over the past two years and the studio have gone on to produce a fantastic title with clear franchise potential.”
With plans to create more simulation games set in the same world of Two Point County, it seems SEGA trusts the studio to continue delivering more games.