Activision adopts Budcat Creations

Iowa-based developer of NY Times Crosswords, Blast Works, and PS2 ports of recent Guitar Hero titles acquired to continue work on rhythm franchise, Nintendo systems.

Activision Blizzard was already the world's largest third-party publisher of games, but the company got just a little bit bigger. Activision Publishing today announced that it has acquired Iowa City, Iowa-based Budcat Creations for an undisclosed sum.

The studio already has a working relationship with the publisher, having developed the PlayStation 2 ports of recent Guitar Hero games, including World Tour, Legends of Rock, and the recent Aerosmith-dedicated spin-off. Beyond that, the developer has earned acclaim for ports of Madden NFL 2002 and Psychonauts, as well as original titles like New York Times Crosswords on the DS and Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy on the Wii.

"In addition to strengthening our development capabilities on the Nintendo platforms, this acquisition increases our Guitar Hero development resources as we continue to grow the franchise and expand our global leadership position in the music-based genre," Activision president Mike Griffith said in a statement.

As part of the deal, Budcat's management team signed multiyear contracts with Activision. In addition, the studio--which has moved twice since its founding in 2000, most recently from Las Vegas, Nevada--will remain located in Iowa City.

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MonkeyWrench127
MonkeyWrench127

Great, who bets they'll be straight to work on yearly updates???

Pete5506
Pete5506

Blast Works was such a blast to play

sphinx-shadow
sphinx-shadow

Great history for BudCat and great pick up Activision Blizzard but this is just the the beginning for BudCat have a felling they are going to have a steady pace of things to do now

mess98
mess98

The wii version of GH3 is a port of the ps2 version. So therefore... budcat DID do the wii version. If you watch the intros both logos show up. some people are so ignorant.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

I love the PS2 versions of Guitar Hero and Blast Works is pretty cool too.

Xtressbro
Xtressbro

the wii version of GH3 was made by VV and Budcat. I played it. and it SUCKED

gnbfd
gnbfd

oboewan9999 said: Nobody pointed out that they also did the Wii versions. Did you ever actually PLAY the Wii versions? ------------ I actually DID play the Wii version and it's made by Vicarious Visions (who are made of a bunch of liars...), not Budcat. I play the PS3 version now though. And they made Blast Works? I heard that was good... and published by Majesco... R.I.P Blast Works :(

oboewan9999
oboewan9999

Nobody pointed out that they also did the Wii versions. Did you ever actually PLAY the Wii versions? (oh, and they didn't actually MAKE Psychonauts, they just ported it from Xbox to PS2.)

bassmaniac20005
bassmaniac20005

Who didn't see this one coming? They're a good porting company--I don't expect any actual games from them anytime soon.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

wait... the PS2 version is the port? i thought the wii version was the port... whatever, great deal activision ;) i was talking about GH by the way...

tupac-makaveli
tupac-makaveli

great deal, budcat creations are one of the finest port-gaming companies out there.

shufflezoom
shufflezoom

they made psychonauts and blast works? good for them both of those games are great!