Foundation 9 merges Shiny, Collective

Studios behind Silent Hill 5 and The Golden Compass adaptation merged by parent company, awaiting new name.

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Calling itself "the largest independent games developer in North America and Europe," Foundation 9 has prided itself on the array of studios at its command since it was formed in March 2005. Despite that, the company's roster of studios is shrinking, as it today announced that its recent acquisition Shiny Entertainment would be merged with Foundation 9 cofounding developer The Collective.

Foundation 9 says the merged studio will be better equipped to make "large-scale games based on big licensed properties." The two merged Newport Beach, California-based studios have already moved to Foundation 9's corporate headquarters in nearby Irvine, California.

The new studio will also be given an as-yet undetermined new name, and will be headed up by Shiny studio manager Michael Persson. No staffers will be laid off in connection with the merger. At the moment, Shiny is finishing up development of The Golden Compass for Sega, while The Collective is working on Silent Hill 5 for Konami, and the horror action adventure Harker.

Discussion

37 comments
sniper2k0
sniper2k0

Shiny's The Golden Compass is a real FART!

ahskip1
ahskip1

I dont care. I will keep whining until shiny makes a new Earthworm Jim

Basem167
Basem167

I'm a Silent Hill fan since its release on PS one. From what I heard, I hope SH5 won't be the worst game of its year... or may of all time

Sergsky
Sergsky

I hope Shiny has plans for a new MDK!!

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Silently awaiting the hill...that is silent. The Fifth.

ocdog45
ocdog45

more news aboyut the game

haesuse
haesuse

boo-hoo! shiny hasnt done crap since days of PSone or at least i dont remember anything worth thinking about. As long as the core remains and they can pump out some new ORIGINAL games and not milk money on 74th sequel to a game they might be able to re-establish themselves!

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Silent hill 5 looks stunning i can;t wait for the game to come out

brain20035
brain20035

wish silent hill 5 would come to PC...DEEP WISH!!!

newown
newown

Anyway , I will be waiting for the both ( Silent Hill 5 and Harker ) Keep going and release more gameplay videos and interviews about the games ;)

sonic2010
sonic2010

hope bring out the game as soon as posible. i'm tired of waiting.

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Interesting development. I wanna see what SH5's gonna be like even more now.

bernieberry
bernieberry

Hope they do Silent Hill 5 justice !!!!

xLeXaRx
xLeXaRx

I like more the name of Silent Hill....

dantesergei
dantesergei

i hope silent hill 5 to be like its predecessors.

anime-2k3
anime-2k3

Fusing 2 crappy studios to make one super crappy studio.

puppet12ca
puppet12ca

from the ads I've seen the quality and realism they seem to strive for for the Golden Compass could be a very good thing for Silent Hill I think this could be very good

LongShot42
LongShot42

hopefully they will make sh5 good i havent seen/played a new good scary game/movie in a long time i need one...badly

EmptySki
EmptySki

i hope silent hill 5 does well.

polsci1503
polsci1503

The Collective has been a good studio, as Chirico said, they made the Buffy games (I liked the 1st one alot). Shiny I'm not a fan of after they butchered Enter the Matrix.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Can they really do Silent Hill 5 justice?

dragonwarlock77
dragonwarlock77

sounds good, they both have a good history with games.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

The Collective made the decent Buffy games, and that so-so Indiana Jones game that everyone's forgotten.

RainOfTerror
RainOfTerror

There has been a media blackout on Harker for a long time now, it was announced like a year ago, if not more. But yes, based on Jonathan Harker from Dracula yes...

hathejoker
hathejoker

Sounds nice. I'll check the previews for some of the games.

jakob_187
jakob_187

Hrmm...this is an interesting merge. The Collective did relatively good jobs with games like Buffy, Star Wars Episode III, and more recently, Marc Ecko's Getting Up. Meanwhile, Shiny was a god in the old days with Earthworm Jim and Wild 9, but the Matrix games they worked on definitely tore things apart for them. Both, regardless, are very unique minds in the industry, so it's going to be exciting to see what they have coming out of their studios.

Dryker
Dryker

Too bad Perry's no longer with Shiny.

DEVILinIRON
DEVILinIRON

Never heard of Harker... Jonathan Harker? From Dracula?