Fo­cus Home In­ter­ac­tive al­lows us a glance at its next wave of games

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2018 was a big year for Fo­cus Home In­ter­ac­tive and pos­si­bly its most suc­cess­ful to date. This wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble had it not been for the stel­lar line-up of games it re­leased, which in­cluded, among oth­ers, The Coun­cil, Farm­ing Sim­u­la­tor 19 and Vampyr.

This year the pub­lisher is al­ready po­si­tioned to have a sim­i­lar suc­cess story with the re­lease of A Plague Tale: In­no­cence and World War Z, with Greed­fall and The Surge 2 to fol­low later in the year. It’s no sur­prise, then, that Fo­cus is hop­ing to con­tinue that suc­cess by re­new­ing its re­la­tion­ship with its part­nered stu­dios which, it was re­vealed at Fo­cus’ an­nual ‘What’s Next?’ event, are all at dif­fer­ent stages of de­vel­op­ment on their next games.

Dontnod En­ter­tain­ment is fer­ret­ing away at a game that Fo­cus prom­ises will be one of the most am­bi­tious in the his­tory of both the pub­lisher and the stu­dio. Deck 13, de­vel­oper of The Surge and its up­com­ing se­quel, is mov­ing away from its sci-fi fran­chise to de­vel­op­ing a brand-new one. Then there’s Saber In­ter­ac­tive, which has just re­leased World War Z, and cur­rently has two games in pro­duc­tion, one of which is a game set in the Games Work­shop uni­verse. “We are very proud and happy to count Saber as a faith­ful de­vel­oper part­ner,” says Fo­cus Home In­ter­ac­tive COO John Bert. “Saber In­ter­ac­tive has an ex­cel­lent vi­sion of the mar­ket and the in­dus­try, with cre­ative teams able to come up with crazy and spec­tac­u­lar game con­cepts able to con­quer a mas­sive num­ber of play­ers like World War Z or Mu­drun­ner.”

There’s also Passtech Games, which brought us the in­die ti­tle, Masters Of An­ima, that is work­ing on another in­die-style ti­tle, and Streum On Stu­dio which is mak­ing a shooter that’s based, yet again, on the Games Work­shop Warham­mer uni­verse.

New play­ers

Fo­cus has also part­nered with four more stu­dios. The big­gest of which is Crack­down 3 de­vel­oper Sumo Dig­i­tal, with Fo­cus say­ing, “The first fruit of this col­lab­o­ra­tion aims to de­liver a mul­ti­player ex­pe­ri­ence with­out com­pro­mise in a uni­verse as dark as it is vi­o­lent.” New­comer Gas­ket Games, which com­prises mem­bers of Relic En­ter­tain­ment and Black­bird In­ter­ac­tive, is hard at work on another Games Work­shop game.

The iden­tity of the games that are be­ing worked on are a closely guarded se­cret, but the two other stu­dios Fo­cus has part­nered with have al­ready re­vealed what they’re work­ing on. The first is Lime­stone Games which is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing Aeon Must Die, a sci-fi beat-’em-up whose story changes de­pend­ing on the choices you make. The other is Paris-based Light­bulb Crew which is cre­at­ing Other­cide, a hor­ror-themed, turn-based strat­egy game, in which you’re tasked with do­ing bat­tle with crea­tures from another di­men­sion.

For now, though, with re­gards to the other games, we’ll have to set­tle for the cryptic promo posters that we’re shown along­side the an­nounce­ments. But given Fo­cus’ track record, we can ex­pect some great things.

“The iden­tity of the games be­ing worked on are a closely guarded se­cret”

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