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CVG sources: New Scotland studio 'working on a sequel to The Ship'

Former developer Outerlight no longer in business

A new game development studio based in Edinburgh has acquired the rights to The Ship, the popular 2006 Half-Life 2 murder mystery mod.

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Outerlight, the former developer of The Ship, closed down soon after it developed an XBLA game in what is thought to be a thorny partnership with Ubisoft.

But a new Scotland studio has acquired the game's rights and is working on a full sequel, a person familiar with the matter told CVG. A full reveal is expected in the coming months.

The Ship, which was one of the first third-party titles released on Valve's Steam platform, was set on a 1920s recreational cruise ship. The multiplayer title gave each player a different target to secretly assassinate, while also making each one a target for another player. The set-up resulted in a unique cats-and-mice gameplay dynamic.

News of development of the game's sequel comes after a government-associated report claimed that the Scottish games industry hires less than 200 people and does not turn a profit. Industry groups have laughed off the report.

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