Sumo Group is pleased to announce two of its Sumo Digital studios - Sumo Leamington and The Chinese Room - are working on new original IP games, both of which will be published by the Group’s publishing arm, Secret Mode.
Sumo Leamington is bringing Sumo Digital’s first venture in live service gaming to life with Stampede: Racing Royale, a 60-player, free-to-play kart racer that combines competitive, item-fuelled kart racing with the chaos of a battle royale. The title, announced at the PC Gaming show in LA at the weekend, is designed to grow and evolve around its community, with player feedback set to shape its future.
In a welcome return to the first-person, narrative horror genre, The Chinese Room announced its latest title Still Wakes the Deep at the Xbox Games Showcase on Sunday. Utilising the award-winning studio’s expertise in narrative storytelling and innovative worldbuilding, Still Wakes the Deep sees players taking on the role of an offshore oil rig worker fighting for his life through a vicious storm, perilous surroundings and the dark, freezing North Sea waters with an unknowable horror lurking onboard.
Secret Mode – which launched in 2021– works with developers of all sizes to bring the most exciting, fun and creative titles to the market, and has enjoyed recent success with games including A Little to the Left, Turbo Golf Racing and Eternal Threads.
Paul Porter, COO at Sumo Group said: “As we celebrate our 20th year, the games announced this weekend across Sumo Group are testament to the creativity of our studios and our commitment to collaborative game development and publishing across the Group.”
Gary Dunn, Managing Director at Sumo Digital said: “The announcement of these two new titles this month marks an exciting new chapter for Sumo Digital as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We’re expanding into new genres with our first ever free-to-play live service game in Stampede Racing Royale, we’re doing what we do best with the narrative-driven story of Still Wakes the Deep and we’re proud to be creating original and innovative IP. Our people are creating exceptional games in our studios and we’re looking forward to being able to share more in the coming weeks and months.”
During a busy weekend for game announcements and news, Sumo Group’s Bristol-based developer, Auroch Digital, revealed a brand new trailer for Mars Horizon 2: The Search for Life which also debuted during the PC Gaming show and revealed that an alpha test for the space agency management simulator is on the horizon.
Stampede: Racing Royale will be coming to PC via Steam Early Access in 2023, and later to consoles with Still Wakes the Deep launching in early 2024 on Xbox Series X|S, PC, PlayStation 5, PC via Steam and Epic Games Store, plus Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. Mars Horizon 2: The Search for Life is available to Wishlist on Steam now and will launch in 2024.
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