You’ll no doubt be aware that many of
the games that you’ve enjoyed, loved, or generally heard of come from studios
in regions such as the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, and Japan – but what you might
not be aware of is a large segment of development often takes place in Southern
India is fast becoming a focal point
for the video game industry, with Sumo Digital already operating in the
country for well over a decade. Sumo India has worked on numerous projects –
some with fellow Sumo Digital studios, some with external partners – but you
may not have realised.
To learn more about those projects,
and some interesting information, here are five things you need to know about
Big expansion –
and continuing to grow
Established in 2007, Sumo Pune was the
second Sumo Digital studio to open , and it is still one of only a handful of AAA
studios in India. Back then, Sumo Pune started up with only five people working in the
studio – but now, with 15 years experience under its belt, it has more than 160
team members working in India!
Playing a part in
Sumo Pune has contributed significantly to console, PC, and mobile
games across a variety of genres including first & third-person shooters
and action titles, racing, adventure, and sports games. Some of our key titles
include Hood: Outlaws & Legends, Hotshot Racing, Forza Horizon Series,
Crackdown 3, Snake Pass, Hitman 2, Team Sonic Racing, and, of course, the BAFTA award-winning title
Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Sumo Pune – together with fellow Sumo Digital studios – has
developed video games for well-known partners and publishers like Apple, SEGA,
Microsoft, Sony, EA, and many more.
Evolving from art
to game development
Primarily, Sumo Pune was established
as an art studio, however the studio kept on expanding to meet the needs of
fellow Sumo studios, to work together on exciting projects. In 2015, with
further need to support other studios under Sumo Digital’s belt, Pune’s engineering
team was fully established.
It was decided later on that the studio
would need to be open for all disciplines to fully support as a co-developer –
so in 2017 the designers team was brought in, followed by the QA team in 2019.
Simultaneously, management teams were gaining momentum alongside these other
departments too, including HR, finance, and marketing.
And so the legacy of Sumo India
We’re not just in
to the success of Sumo Pune with the
variety of world-class games it has co-developed, and
the global growth of its parent company Sumo Group, the next step in
the growth of Sumo in India was to open another studio – and in 2022, we
announced the arrival of Sumo Bangalore!
Opening an office in Bangalore was the
next logical growth step for Sumo India Studios as the city is a hub for game development,
as well as skilled and emerging talent in the industry. Sumo Bangalore will
initially focus on engineering and art in game development, with a highly
skilled multi-disciplinary team built around that.
still, we’re currently recruiting across those initial disciplines at an
experienced to senior level – find out more here.
Powerful engine under the bonnet
India Studios is one of the best AAA studios in the country actively working on
multiple advanced game engines. Unreal Engine is one of the great examples, and
members of team gain a lot of experience from using it. Previous Sumo India titles
that were developed with the power of Unreal Engine include Spyder, Hood:
Outlaws & Legends, Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Snake Pass.