New era for The Chinese Room: study acquired by Sumo Digital

We talked years ago about the difficult decision of Jessica Curry, co-founder of The Chinese Room with her husband Dan Pinchbeck, who had chosen to leave her job for several reasons: the first, related to her health problems, the second how unpleasant things had become working for a publisher and the third, related to the fact that in an overwhelmingly male industry everyone treated her like her husband’s shoulder, while the opposite was true. Tested by his illness, Curry no longer had the strength to oppose these unpleasant trials and, after his farewell, The Chinese Room had stalled in which he had to decide what to do with his future, also considering the health problems arose for Pinchbeck himself.

We learn today that Sumo Digital, a software house working on Crackdown 3, has acquired The Chinese Room, keeping Dan Pinchbeck in its place as creative director. Curry, on the other hand, will work as an independent composer.

Pinchbeck has new “bigger” projects in mind and promises that, when we know more, we will be as enthusiastic as he is. After Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, what can we expect? We are waiting to find out.


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