Angry Birds dev acquires Shattered Horizon studio

Rovio picks up Futuremark Games Studio for undisclosed sum as part of its "rapid expansion" in entertainment, publishing, animation, and retail.

Angry Birds developer Rovio today announced that it had acquired Shattered Horizon and Unstoppable Gorg studio Futuremark Games Studio, a division of benchmarking software firm Futuremark.

Rovio has bought two companies in under a year.

Rovio said the buy is part of its "rapid expansion" in entertainment, publishing, animation, and retail. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Futuremark Games Studio is the second company Rovio has picked up in the past year, following Kombo Animation Studio last summer.

Rovio's newest game--Angry Birds Space--blasted off last Thursday and has already been downloaded more than 10 million times. The game has a way to go if it wants to catch up to its 2009 predecessor Angry Birds, which has seen more than 700 million downloads to date.

For more on Angry Birds Space, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Angry Birds with PhysX and DirectX11 support? Sounds way too good to be true.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

this isnt even worth downloading via torrent lol Rovio make a real game then we ll talk

supertom221
supertom221

... Well allright. Not like it would change much. Rovio never made any good games. The ONLY game that somehow ended up good was Angry Birds, and even that game's fanbase is mostly made up of casual idiots who played the game for 10 minutes yet talk like they played it for a year.

kb8618
kb8618

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UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Nope. NOPE. NOAP. Nope. Just Nope. NOAPE. Nope.

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

If by rapid expansion, you mean remaking your trademark game over and over... keep up the good work?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Given Rovio's track record (HUGE number of bad games, and 1 mediocre game that sold well), I can't see this ending well.

flashn00b
flashn00b

So, are we gonna see an Angry Birds with needlessly awesome graphics?

wewantdoom4now
wewantdoom4now

they better let this studio keep creating first person shooters.

dark_surge
dark_surge

That's a smart move on Rovio's part since I doubt any of the programmers there have the knowledge to create anything 3D. I don't mean any hate towards Rovio when I say that. It's just that the leap from 2D to 3D is a large one when it comes to programming. Either way, expect an Angry Birds 3D in the next year or so.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Shattered Horizon, despite it's flaws, was a fun and creative title in a genre that is generally lacking in new ideas. I hope Rovio can help them get some more face recognition so their future titles get a larger community.

Flatland013975
Flatland013975

This is such a random acquisition, I swear =)) Will the next 3DMark physics tests feature the Angry Birds?