Rovio, who really hasn’t done anything in terms of acquiring new talent by purchasing other studios aside from last year’s purchase of Kombo, has decided to change that trend and have gone ahead and acquired Futuremark Games Studio. If the name Futuremark sounds familiar, it should. Futuremark is the benchmarking company who develops Futuremark 3DMark benchmarking tools.
This acquisition has Rovio acquiring the game development department of Futuremark. With the release of Angry Birds Space out of the way, Rovio could be turning some of its focus onto new IPs which they have been rumored to be developing both regarding the Angry Birds franchise and outside of it.
I am proud to see the potential of our talented games team recognized by Rovio. Futuremark will now focus on supporting gamers and industry with 3DMark, our professional grade benchmark which, in a new version to be released later this year, will allow unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time. – Futuremark’s CEO Jukka Mäkinen
The amount Rovio paid for Futuremark Games Studio hasn’t been released although we can assume it wasn’t as much money as Zynga released flogged OMGPOP with when they purchased the Draw Something developers for $200 million last week. As for what Futuremark Games Studio will be doing now that they are a part of Rovio? We will just have to wait and see. Considering the talent over at Futuremark Games Studio though, we could very well see some hi-def 3D games heading our way from Rovio soon.
Website Referenced: PocketGamer