EA have announced the merger of two Melbourne-based mobile developers, resulting in the creation of a new studio. The developers, Firemint (Flight Control, Real Racing) and IronMonkey (Mass Effect Infiltrator, Dead Space), are now collectively known as Firemonkeys.
"IronMonkey and Firemint have solid reputations for producing well-known games and we are excited to have the opportunity to share best practices, technology and resources" remarked Rob Murray, Executive Producer formerly of Firemint.
The resulting studio will end up being larger than the two studios separately, as Firemonkeys are actively recruiting for several positions.
“Both of these studios have produced award-winning games and we believe combining the incredible talent pool in Melbourne, as well as leveraging the EA brand, sets us up for further success in the mobile arena,” adds Tony Lay, GM of IronMonkey.
The new team will continue to work on products that were already in development at each of the studios, with additional projects expected to be announced later this year.
EA have confirmed to NZGamer this afternoon that this merger will not result in any redundancies at either studio.