Keywords Studios Expand Game Development Service Line Through Acquisition of Forgotten Empires

Keywords Studios announced it has acquired Forgotten Empires, a full-service game development studio headquartered in Ohio, USA. The acquisition furthers Keywords’ strategy as the ‘go to’ technical and creative services platform for the global video games industry.

Founded in 2013 by studio head Ryan Shepherd, who will continue to lead the talented team of 53 game developers, Forgotten Empires specialises in the development of real time strategy games (“RTS”) including Microsoft’s classic franchise, Age of Empires. Forgotten Empires has worked on multiple games including all of the Age of Empires Definitive Editions, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition and Age of Empires IV.

Forgotten Empires has also worked alongside Keywords’ other game development studios Tantalus, Wicked Witch and Climax Studios on a number of these projects.

Bertrand Bodson, CEO of Keywords Studios commented: “We are very excited to welcome Ryan and the Forgotten Empires team to Keywords. The studio has been instrumental in helping to create, design and grow the hugely successful and expanding Age of Empires series. Forgotten Empires’ talented team brings experience and expertise particularly in real time strategy games and will be a great addition to our client offering and game development capability. Forgotten Empires’ strong track record of attracting and retaining talent globally is a testament to Ryan, his team and the high quality of the work that the studio produces. We look forward to supporting Forgotten Empires’ continuing growth as part of the Group.”

Ryan Shepherd, further commented: “We are delighted to join Keywords Studios, an industry leading, fast growing business with a global footprint. We are really excited that they share our ambition and will provide the support to enable and underpin our continuing growth. Having worked alongside some of Keywords’ development studios we know the cultural fit will work well and we look forward to working more closely together with the wider Keywords’ group to drive the combined business forward.”