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Dotemu SAS
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryVideo games
Founded2007; 17 years ago (2007)
  • Xavier Liard
  • Romain Tisserand
Key people
Cyrille Imbert (CEO)
ParentFocus Entertainment (2021–present)
DivisionsThe Arcade Crew

Dotemu SAS (originally DotEmu SAS) is a French video game developer and publisher based in Paris,[1] founded in 2007 by Xavier Liard and Romain Tisserand. It is best known for its remasters and remakes.


Dotemu was founded by Xavier Liard and Romain Tisserand in 2007.[2] The company's offices are located in Paris, close to the Folies Bergère.[2]

In April 2010, Dotemu launched a digital distribution service that would sell games without digital rights management, akin to Good Old Games.[3] In March 2017, Dotemu announced that their online store would be closed down on 1 June that year.[4] The company cited tough market competition and their focus shifting towards game development rather than game distribution.[5][6]

In September 2015, Liard and Tisserand sold their company to an unnamed private investor.[7] Later that month, they founded a new video game publisher, Playdigious (who would later publish Dotemu’s games on mobile platforms).[8] Subsequently, in October 2014, Cyrille Imbert was appointed as Dotemu's chief executive officer.[2] In March 2018, Dotemu announced the creation of The Arcade Crew, a publishing label that would support small development teams.[9][10]

In August 2021, the company was acquired by Focus Home Interactive (now Focus Entertainment) for approximately €38.5 million (US$46 million).[11]

Games developed or published[edit]

Year Title
2008 Nicky Boom
Krypton Egg
2009 Ishar + Ishar 2
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Ishar Compilation
Nicky 2
2010 Gobliiins Pack
Dráscula: The Vampire Strikes Back
Raptor: Call of the Shadows
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director's Cut
Avenging Spirit
2011 Red Baron Pack
The Last Express: Collectors Edition
Earth Defense Force
64th Street: A Detective Story
P47 Thunderbolt
Irem Arcade Hits
Rod Land
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
2012 Metal Slug 3
Final Fantasy VII
The Last Express
Rayman Jungle Run
Raiden Legacy
Metal Slug
2013 Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug X
The Last Express: Gold Edition
Double Dragon Trilogy
2014 R-Type II
Little Big Adventure
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
2015 Heroes of Might & Magic III: HD Edition
Ys Chronicles 1
Battle Fantasia: Revised Edition
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Little Big Adventure: Enhanced Edition
Little Big Adventure Bundle
2016 The King of Fighters 2000
Shock Troopers
The Last Blade
Fatal Fury Special
Samurai Shodown V Special
Twinkle Star Sprites
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Blazing Star
Baseball Stars 2
Art of Fighting 2
Sengoku 3
Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
Ys Chronicles II
Pang Adventures
Neo Turf Masters
Shock Troopers: 2nd Squad
2017 Ys Origin
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
King of the Monsters
The King of Fighters 2002
Samurai Shodown II
2019 Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
2020 Streets of Rage 4
2021 Ghoul Patrol
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
2022 Windjammers 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
2023 Pharaoh: A New Era[12]
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes: Definitive Edition[13]
2024 Metal Slug Tactics[14]


  1. ^ "Legal notice". Dotemu. Retrieved 12 June 2020. 79 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière 75009, Paris, France
  2. ^ a b c Blanchard, Nicolas (30 May 2018). "DotEmu: l'avenir dans le rétro". Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace (in French).
  3. ^ Gillen, Kieron (26 April 2010). "Birds Of A Feather: DotEmu Beta". rockpapershotgun.com. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "DotEmu is closing its online store, games will will be gone on June 1". pcgamer.com. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Alice (18 March 2017). "DotEmu closing its own online store". rockpapershotgun.com. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "DotEmu's online store is closing". mcvuk.com. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  7. ^ "DotEmu Founders Sell Company and Form Playdigious, Announce First Project 'Pix the Cat' from Pastagames". toucharcade.com. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  8. ^ "DotEmu founders launch new publisher Playdigious". gamesindustry.biz. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  9. ^ McAloon, Alissa (14 March 2018). "Dotemu opens new publishing label to support small creative devs". gamasutra.com. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Dotemu assembling The Arcade Crew". gamesindustry.biz. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  11. ^ Grubb, Jeff (5 August 2021). "Focus Home Interactive acquires Dotemu to capitalize on retro nostalgia". Venture Beat. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  12. ^ Boudreau, Ian (2 November 2020). "Classic city builder Pharaoh is making its return, exploits and all". PCGamesN. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  13. ^ "Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is getting a Definitive Edition this summer". Destructoid. 27 April 2023. Retrieved 30 April 2023.
  14. ^ Romano, Sal (3 June 2024). "Metal Slug Tactics launches this fall for PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC". Gematsu. Retrieved 3 June 2024.

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