OlliOlli developer, Roll7, acquired by Take-Two through Private Division label

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The developer behind the fantastic arcade skating OlliOlli series has been bought by Take-Two subsidiary Private Division, in the first purchase made under the label.

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Buisness Wire first reported the news, though we picked it up from gamesindustry.biz. Roll7 is the British developer responsible for the incredible OlliOllie series, which includes OlliOlli, OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, and the upcoming OlliOlli World. Michael Worosz, the vice president and head of Private Division, made it clear that Roll7's development philosophy fits right into that of the established label, with games like Kerbal Space Programme and Hades already under the net.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Roll7 to the Private Division family," said Worosz — as per tradition after an acquisition these days. "As a team passionate about action sports ourselves, seeing how Roll7 combines the thrill of competition with the zen of achieving flow-state in a videogame is remarkable, and we can’t wait to show the world this phenomenon with our release of OlliOlli World this winter.”

Simon Bennett, co-CEO at Roll7, went on to say that “Private Division has been an incredible publishing partner for OlliOlli World, and we’re elated to continue to grow as a studio as part of the label. Private Division has empowered our amazing team to raise the bar on our creativity and scope for OlliOlli World. Joining the label puts us in a great position to continue to grow and to set our sights on achieving our ambition to become a pre-eminent global videogames developer."

There has been no word yet on an OlliOllie World release date, but we can probably expect one soon. What do you think of the news? A good way for Roll7 to keep growing? Let us know in the comments!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Associate Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation news. He writes about upcoming exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus and PS Studios news, and his favourite games — The Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed, and The Outer Wilds — before an evening swim.