Ubisoft acquires Trials studio

French publisher buys Finland-based downloadable game developer RedLynx, plans to bring physics-based motorcycle series to broader range of downloadable platforms.

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Ubisoft has bagged some big game. Today, the publisher announced that it has acquired RedLynx, the Finnish development house behind the Trials series of physics-based motorcycle games.

Hopefully the acquisition goes smoother than a typical Trials HD run.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained the motivation for the pickup in a statement, saying, "Their expertise in asynchronous online games and physics-based game mechanics provides us with a great opportunity to bring their powerful brands, most notably Trials, to an even broader range of fast-growing digital platforms."

To date, the Trials series has only appeared on Xbox Live Arcade and the PC, although RedLynx also develops games on WiiWare and the iOS. The studio has also previously worked on the DS, PSP, and mobile phones, including Nokia's N-gage.

Ubisoft has spent years building its expertise in online gaming, in many cases through acquisition. Since 2009, the publisher has acquired TrackMania developer Nadeo, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood multiplayer middleware maker Quazal, and freemium specialist Owlient. The publisher has also committed some of its biggest franchises to the online market, with The Settlers, Might and Magic, and Ghost Recon all being given microtransaction-driven treatments.

For more on RedLynx's current project, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Trials Evolution.

Discussion

15 comments
warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@CeZar_87 I haven't thumbed you down, but I actually couldn't disagree more!! The new Ghost Recon games suck. They're about as tense as a shootout with old ladies equipped with spud-guns :? But Far Cry was one of theirs remember, and that's a damn decent game.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

Steam release please!!! If trackmania is anything to go off of, Ubisoft just might do well with this!

Salali
Salali

Ezio will be unlockable character ...

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

How about they acquire someone who will tell them to stop with the over the top DRM on their PC games.

CeZar_87
CeZar_87

Ubisoft has made nothing but trash this generation. GRAW aside.

y3ivan
y3ivan

no thanks to crappy DRM by UBI

guertt
guertt

another exclusive lost from microsoft... is there anyone working at microsoft these days? except from kinect department :S but to be honest, trials will not be good on a ps3 controller, the triger is way too wrong for that game.

NUTTY_POO
NUTTY_POO

After playing Elasto Mania for 10 years the game Trials 2 is a steaming piece of crap. If I dident play Elasto Mania that game wouldent be to bad. But it aint got nothing on Elasto Mania (seriously, how many games from 10 years ago do you play nearly every day?).

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Trials was so great. I usually hate those Xcite Bike type games, but this held my attention, even through the Insane levels. (Also, the Marathon achievement is a b****! xD)

bjkthe619
bjkthe619

OMG i loved this game on the 360 back in 2009 when it came out and i would love to buy it now for my ps3!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Oh, too bad too. I really liked this game too. I played trackMania a bunch and trials. I refuse to buy new stuff from Ubisoft though because of their DRM policies. Well, I guess my money can go to someone else.