Foundry 42, the Chris Roberts subsidiary studio that’s been working on Star Citizen’s singleplayer spinoff Squadron 42, is getting a bit of a rebrand this week, bringing it more clearly under the domain of Cloud Imperium.
“Today we filed with UK Companies House to rename Foundry 42 Limited to Cloud Imperium Games Limited,” the company wrote last night. “This re-brand reflects Cloud Imperium’s unified, global approach to the creation of Star Citizen and Squadron 42. With development spread across five studios, spanning multiple countries, and with more than 500 employees, we’re heading full-bore towards the release of Squadron 42 while continuing quarterly releases for Star Citizen, together under one banner.”
Just writing this article makes it obvious why the company decided to clean up the confusing branding mess.
“All of our five development studios in the US, UK and Germany will now operate under our ‘Cloud Imperium’ banner. We’re creating Star Citizen (a record-shattering, hyper-real space sim) and Squadron 42 (a Hollywood-caliber, story-driven epic set in the same universe). Both games operate in open development, which means we share our progress and update our backers in near real-time. So, it makes sense that all these updates come from the same united company.”
Reddit is loaded with speculation, but it seems pretty clear that it’s just a rebrand ahead of the landing sequence for Squadron 42. Readers will also recall that Cloud Imperium picked up $46M in investor funding and picked up two new board members at the tail end of 2018, again with plans for ramping up Squadron 42.
Now, if only they’d rebrand their awkward Twitter handle while they’re shuffling things around, am I right?