March 28, 2012
Rovio Acquires Futuremark Gaming
Brett Smith for Redorbit.com
“They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment´s CEO said in a statement. “Rovio´s success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition.”
This is the second acquisition for Rovio within the past year. Last summer, the company acquired Kombo Animation Studio in what appears to be a first public step toward an Angry Birds movie. Rovio has also hired the former head of Marvel Studios, David Maisel, fueling rumors of the company incubating a feature film. Maisel has worked on such Marvel blockbuster as Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America.
The Futuremark announcement comes days after the launch of Rovio´s newest game “Angry Birds Space.” On the first day of release, Angry Birds Space was the top grossing app for over 30 countries including China, Russia, the UK, the US, and the company´s native Finland, according to InsideMobileApps.com. The game, which is currently available on iOS, Android, Mac and PC platforms, reached ten millions downloads in its first three days of its release.
Angry Birds Space is the fourth installment in the wildly successful franchise. It differs from previous editions by completely altering the physical environment within the game. The game´s avian protagonists can now travel through areas of varying gravitational forces. Player can use this environment to set up a wider range of trick shots than previous games. Rovio´s website says Angry Birds Space also includes “brand new birds, brand new superpowers, and a whole galaxy to explore.”
Futuremark Games Studio was formed in January 2008 “to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay,” according to the company website. The company, which has offices in California and Helsinki, Finland, has released games titles Unstoppable Gorg, Hungribles, and Shattered Horizon to public and critical acclaim.
Last month, Unstoppable Gorg reached the top Strategy Game spot in the App Store, according to Futuremark Facebook page. In addition to being popular with fans, the game has been a hit with critics as well.
“This is an amazing game that is beautifully laid out,” reviewer Lory Gil wrote for PadGadget.com earlier this month. “The unique presentation of plot material makes it a must-have for sci-fi fans.”
Unstoppable Gorg isn´t the only title that has garnered positive reviews for the gaming studio. Hungribles has been compared favorably to Angry Birds in reviews as the two games have a similar structure.
“Hungribles has more than enough of its own ideas to distinguish it from its giant rival,” a review on the website for UK newspaper The Guardian said. “(W)ith smart use of gravitational physics involving different orbiting bodies“¦ it's a good quality addition to any iPhone or iPad.”
Released in 2011, Hungribles could be seen as a fledgling version of Angry Birds Space.