The new year is getting off to a great start for two developer firms in Australia. Games studio Firemint has acquired Infinite Interactive for an unspecified amount, setting the stage for even better games to debut across a variety of platforms in the near future.
Firemint is, if you’re trying to place these names, best known for Flight Control and Real Racing for the iPhone (although it also deals with the Nintendo DSi, Playstation, and Steam). Meanwhile, Infinite Interactive hit it big with the Puzzle Quest and Warlords series of games.
Put them all together, and as a cartoon accompanying an official announcement joked, “World productivity is set to plummet . . .”
Of course, that means tougher competition for other games developers, but the deal also represents good news insofar as it shows that skilled developers can attract buyout offers and (presumably) a fair amount of cash.
All games released by the combined organization will take up the Firemint name, by the way.