Rovio gobbles up Futuremark Games Studio
Angry Birds creator Rovio Entertainment returned from the money-filled vacuum of space today and used its massive gravitational pull to acquire Finnish developer Futuremark Games Studios. The studio is the gaming wing (terrible pun definitely intended) of 60-employee-strong Futuremark Corporation, which develops tools and services for PC and mobile applications.
“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,” Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO, said of the move.
The developer is probably best known among gamers for its work on the tower-defense title Unstoppable Gorg, which is currently available on PC and iOS. An XBLA version port of the game was previously announced and is currently listed as “coming soon” on the game’s official website.
However, there is now some question as to whether or not Rovio’s purchase of Futuremark could be a bad omen for the XBLA version considering that no games have been previously released under the Rovio label. Additionally, Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka said in March of last year that “console games are dying.” Still, neither party has released any comment in regards to Unstoppable Gorg coming to the 360. It therefore remains to be seen what, if any, effect this move will have on the port.
Update: Futuremark has issued a response over Twitter to the concerns about the future of the Xbox version of its game, and the official word isn’t exactly encouraging. “The XBLA version of Gorg is uncertain now,” reads a tweet from the recently purchased developer. “We are exploring options but it is too early to say for sure what will happen.”