Bulkhead Drops publisher Square Enix for failing to get Battalion 1944 on consoles

Bulkhead, the developer behind the 1944 World War II multiplayer shooter battalion, dropped Square Enix as its publisher.

The news is courtesy of Steam page in Battalion 1944Bulkhead said he is “officially” ending his relationship with Square Enix over its failure to publish the game to consoles.

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“We are deeply disappointed that the 1944 Battalion has never been successful in consolation and will refund all Kickstarter backers,” Bulkhead wrote. “Thank you to everyone who supported the console version and we’re sorry it took so long to get this right.”

As noted before GamesIndustry.bizBattalion 1944 was first funded on Kickstarter in 2016. After several years of development, the game was released on Steam in 2019, with Bulkhead promising to bring the game to PS4 and Xbox One later. We don’t know exactly what happened, but publishers usually help bring games to other platforms.

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Square Enix previously helped Bulkhead popularize its previous game, The Turing Test. It also acquired a 20% stake in Bulkhead in 2018.

With Battalion 1944 not coming to consoles, Bulkhead will instead release the game in a free-to-play form on August 16 under the new name Battalion: Legacy. This revised and revised version of Battalion 1944 will feature a new faction, new weapons, a new search and destroy game mode, as well as a complete rework of the user interface.

Square Enix sold developer Tomb Raider Crystal Dynamics and creator of Deus Ex Eidos earlier this year in a move that confused many analysts. In its latest earnings call, Square Enix said the sale was made out of fear that developer games were tearing up sales from the rest of Square Enix’s portfolio. The publisher said it plans to conduct a review of its studios which could lead to more divestitures. The money from these sales will then be used to focus on Japan’s Saure Enix studios.

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