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 Warframe  studio acquired by Perfect World and... a meat supplier
Warframe studio acquired by Perfect World and... a meat supplier
July 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose

July 4, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Free-to-play giant Perfect World is finalizing plans to acquire Warframe studio Digital Extremes, alongside a surprising partner -- a chicken meat supplier.

According to a press release from Sumpo Food Holdings Limited today, the meat supplier is acquiring Digital Extremes in a joint bid with Perfect World.

The bid was made this week, and is now subject to due diligence investigations before the deal goes through.

Digital Extremes was originally founded in Ontario, Canada back in 1993, and has ported numerous big name titles to other platforms over the years, including Unreal Tournament, BioShock and The Darkness II.

Most recently the studio released free-to-play shooter Warframe for Windows PC and PlayStation 4. Gamasutra has contacted Perfect World to confirm this deal.


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Alan Barton
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When investors from outside the games industry invest in games companies, its often not a great match, as they often don't understand the risks and they often don't understand the process of games development.

Yannis Patras
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Especially the latter.

Eric Larson
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Sumpo foods is a holding company that already sponsors a lot of PW's games.

Ryan Creighton
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When video game companies acquire meat supply companies, it's also a bad match, because video game companies don't understand how to process and pack mechanically separated chicken.

Anton Temba
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[Insert meat related pun here]

Yama Habib
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Makes sense to me, Warframe's parkour feels like controlling a headless chicken.


Yama Habib
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Mayhaps now they'll let future titles marinate a bit longer before release.

Yama Habib
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The whole acquisition seems like a half-baked idea.

Ordani Briton
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Perfect World made a good bet by buying Cryptic studios.
Digital Extreme like Cryptic also has their proprietary game engine.
Seems like they are acquiring studios that have technology as well.

Tee Parsley
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Well, that's probably the death knell for Warframe, from a player perspective. Perfect World has been perfectly awful from that viewpoint, in my experiance. Though maybe the Sumpo folks will buoy them up somehow.

Interesting point about the tech: Digital Extremes' game engine does do some things quite nicely.

Terry Matthes
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There went a good Canadian game developer :(

Mike Griffin
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This deal was a fowl play.