Two prominent indie developers from Gothenburg, Sweden have joined forces to form Thunderful. They’ll retain their separate labels, however.

SteamWorld developers Image & Form and Fe developers Zoink have joined forces to form a mecha of massive proportions that is currently towering over Gothenburg, Sweden. What’s that? Oh, no, it turns out they’ve just formed a holding company instead. It bears the excellent name Thunderful, and it will now own both Image & Form and Zoink.

Thunderful is owned by Bergsala Holding, Brjann Sigurgeirsson and Klaus Lyngeled. The latter two are the CEOs of Image & Form and Zoink respectively. While Sigurgeirsson is taking over as the CEO of the newly formed company, Lyngeled is the Chief Creative Officer. Bergsala Holdings is a distributor in the Nordic region, and has partnered with both studios.

Thunderful logoDespite the team-up, the two studios will continue to operate under their individual labels and will work on their individual properties. They will move into bigger offices later this year.

Image & Form is the creator of the SteamWorld franchise, which consists of the platforming games SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2, as well as the tactical strategy title SteamWorld Heist.

Zoink has developed the adventure game Stick It to the Man! and is currently working on action-adventure game Fe, which was picked up by Electronic Arts for publishing. Fe is scheduled to release on 16th February.

According to a press release, Thunderful has 9 games in development, and 46 employees in all. It’s unclear if this also includes post-release content for games already released, but the only game we know of under development is the platformer Flipping Death, which is being made by Zoink.

Have a look at Thunderful’s website here.

’twas only a few days ago that we learned that the first SteamWorld Dig is making its way to the Switch. Last month, SteamWorld Heist also made the jump to the Nintendo console.

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