The move to acquire the development company Metal Slug Tactics shows the intention to expand the game distribution capabilities of Focus Home.
France’s Focus Home Interactive has announced the acquisition of Parisian Leikir Studio, which produces and publishes Metal Slug Tactics. The amount and terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
With this purchase, Focus Home Interactive gained access to the studio’s “critical technical know-how”. The company has three new art directions, which focus on releasing games with 2D graphics, stylized as 3D graphics and pixel art.
Note that Leikir Studio has been working indirectly with Focus Home Interactive for a while. The tactical RPG Metal Slug Tactics was acquired by Dotemu, a subsidiary of Focus Home Interactive, last August for 53.5 million euros. No release date has been announced yet but is expected to be released in 2022.
Leikir Studio is the 5th company to join Focus Home Interactive. The publisher previously acquired Dotemu, Deck13 Interactive, Douze-Dixièmes and Streum On Studio.
Currently Leikir Studio has 20 employees, developing games like Isbarah, Wondershot! and Rogue Lords.
Focus Home Interactive is a game developer and publisher based in Paris, France. Founded in 1996, Focus has distributed original titles such as Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway, and sports games such as Cycling Manager and Virtual Skipper.
On June 25, 2010, it was announced that Focus had acquired Monte Cristo’s now defunct Cities XL. In 2012, Focus started working with Giants Software, the maker of Farming Simulator. In April 2018, then CEO Cédric Lagarrigue left the company after 20 years.
In June 2020, the company acquired Deck13 for 7.1 million euros. In April 2021, Focus also acquired Streum On Studio. In August 2021, the company acquired Dotemu for approximately €38.5 million (US$46 million).
On September 6, 2021, Focus Home Interactive changed its name to Focus Entertainment. In October 2021, Focus acquired Douze Dixiemes.