Red Mile buys IR Gurus

Aussie studio IR Gurus becomes subsidiary of US-based Red Mile Entertainment.

Melbourne-based studio IR Gurus is Australian-owned no more. The dev house, which was founded in 1996, has been purchased by Red Mile Entertainment, making IR Gurus a wholly owned subsidiary of the California-based developer and publisher. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

IR Gurus is currently developing the flight combat game Heroes Over Europe for Red Mile, the next-generation follow-up to Heroes of the Pacific. In Australia, IR Gurus is perhaps best known for its AFL Premiership series, and is also now working on the PSP title Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play for Codemasters.

In a press statement, Red Mile CEO and chairman Chester Aldridge said the purchase would improve cost control for Red Mile by bringing development in-house. IR Gurus CEO Mike Fegan, who is expected to remain at the helm of IR, said that the two companies had already enjoyed a strong relationship for several years. "Red Mile was an early believer in our studio and our Heroes of the Pacific title. We are extremely happy to join an emerging publisher like Red Mile and assist them as they build a portfolio of world-class franchises," he said.

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remind1
remind1

Probably will mean the end of the AFL game title, unless someone else buys the rights, which currently Sony has till end of 2008. No AFL game, will be a major didsappointment:, I mean I know it is a very localised market for it, but I see games about Skiing, ship simulators, etc, I doubt their potential market is any bigger.

niteowl74
niteowl74

Im sorry Ricky Ponting what now?

Darth_Homer
Darth_Homer

Perhaps this means no more poor AFL games?

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

OH GREAT! I was gonna take the job offer they gave me there, but they never got back to me. This is the best offer that was wasted. Damn.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I think I will stay with ace combat

Yasihiko
Yasihiko

Hooray. Another flight combat game? Wooo Blazing Angels right?