Some interesting news this morning in indie gaming as tinyBuild Games has acquired Hello Neighbor developer Dynamic Pixels. The game and the company have basically become synonymous with each other over the past few years, so the move only makes sense for them to bring not just the game but the entire company that made it under their umbrella. According to the info released today, the new team will be called Eerie Guest Studios and based in Hilversum, Netherlands. Which tinyBuild plans to invest over $15m in the franchise with the acquisition being part of this sum. Here's a quote from today's announcement.
"We are working on more acquisitions to strengthen the brand and investing heavily into cross-media," says Alex Nichiporchik, CEO of tinyBuild. "We just announced Hello Neighbor board game, there's a graphic novel coming in October, and our internally produced Hello Neighbor Animated Series pilot hit 12M views on YouTube. During COVID-19 we saw a major spike in free and subscription-based content, showing a trend towards value-driven entertainment. We feel that there's a big shift coming, so we decided to shift our investments into internal IP development while staying true to our mission of bringing extraordinary value to our fans."
What this means for the franchise down the road could be amazing, as we're sure at some level they're working on a sequel, or at the very least, more content for both the main game and Secret Neighbor. But this is the kind of thing that doesn't just happen overnight, so the eventual payoff to this acquisition probably won't be seen for another year or so. Hopefully, the renamed studio will be making more than just Hello Neighbor content and not just be a one-game developer for them.