Square Enix folds in Forspoken studio Luminous

Square Enix folds in Forspoken studio Luminous

The maker of Forspoken, Luminous Productions, is being folded into its parent company Square Enix.

The Japanese publishing giant announced the news in a release that said this merge would take place as of May 1st, 2023. This comes hot on the heels of the studio releasing its first title, Forspoken, in January to somewhat mixed reviews.

"The merger is part of the Company’s efforts to further bolster the competitive prowess of the Group’s development studios, a goal set forth under its current medium-term business strategy," Square Enix wrote.

"Luminous Productions is meanwhile equipped not only with triple-A title development capabilities but also technical expertise in areas such as game engine development. Combining the two entities will further enhance the Group’s ability to develop HD games."

In a post on Twitter, Luminous added: "When we established Luminous Productions in 2013, our vision was to make triple-A games that fused technology and artistry to deliver completely new play experiences. Having the chance to do just that has been a dream come true. We appreciate you taking this journey with us and look forward to continuing to create new entertainment and experiences as part of the Square Enix family."

Luminous was opened in March 2018.

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