Battalion 1944 developer Bulkhead cuts ties with Square Enix

Bulkhead Interactive, the developer of the WWII shooter Battalion 1944, announced on Twitter that its years-long partnership with Square Enix is ​​coming to an end. “We have officially ended our partnership with Square Enix,” Bulkhead wrote.

Square Enix bought a 20% stake in the developer in 2018, hoping Bulkhead would create a new IP for the publisher. These plans never materialized. Previously, Square Enix released several Bulkhead titles, including Battalion, under its “Collective” label for independents.

Bulkhead further announced that he would be bringing his now rebranded shooter Battalion: Legacy, on Steam for free on August 16. “We appreciate the passionate support we have received from the players of Battalion and old school shooters.”

Battalion was launched as starter game, and one of Bulkhead’s lofty goals was to release a console version of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In 2018, many gamers started asking for refunds when Bulkhead gave no updates on console releases, but the developer said so. would not offer refunds.

Bulkhead now confirms that the console versions of Battalion have been canceled and he intends to refund all Kickstarter backers. “We are deeply disappointed that Battalion 1944 I never made the console […] Thanks to everyone who supported the console version, and we’re sorry it took so long to rectify this.”

A spokesperson for Bulkhead said Eurogamer that following the release of Battalion: Legacy next week, Bulkhead will make more announcements throughout the year, including new projects.

Another notch on the Square Enix belt

Bulkhead’s eroded relationship with Square Enix follows last week’s announcement that the publisher planned to sell stakes it had acquired in various Western developers.

According to analyst David Gibson, who listened to Square Enix’s conference call with investors, the publisher’s new business plan will be to determine whether other companies can buy stakes in these Western developers. By selling shares, Gibson tweetedSquare hopes to refocus its resources on its various Japanese titles.

Gibson also said that Square calls its games Western “cannibalizeresources of its Japanese titles. This is believed to be the reason why the publisher sold Western studios Eidos and Crystal Dynamics to Embracer Group in May 2022.

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