Thursday, February 17, 2022
French publisher Nacon has announced the acquisition of Daedalic Entertainment, the German developer best known for its point-and-click adventure games, as well as the upcoming The Lord of the Rings: Gollum title.
In a deal worth €53 million, Nacon will not only acquire the developer but also “several key intellectual properties” as well as Daedalic's own developing and publishing expertise. Current CEO Carsten Fichtelmann will continue to run Daedalic Entertainment with a “high degree of autonomy”.
“After eventful years in which we always came out on top, I feel proud looking back at the past 15 years and the development of the company. Daedalic Entertainment has established itself as a publisher and developer of exceptional games across various genres and on all relevant platforms and has cemented that position globally,” said Fichtelmann. “Together with Nacon, we are now taking the next step to further develop our catalogue of games created by our own team as well as many incredible indie studios. We are looking back at a trusting and cooperative collaboration on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum and forward to an even brighter future together.”
Nacon, like many other video game publishers, has been on a bit of an acquisition splurge of late, having picked up Edge of Eternity developer Midgar Studio last week. However, at a value of €53 million, Nacon's acquisition of Daedalic Entertainment will be its largest to date.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is due to launch on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Autumn/Fall 2022.