Canadian dev SilverBirch, the force behind the DS and PSP versions of recent XBLA release, N+
, has opened up its doors -- and wallet -- and acquired Netherlands-based publisher Lighthouse Interactive. SilverBirch calls the move a first step in the company's "strategy of building an integrated video game company."
The developer purchased all of the publisher's outstanding shares for CA$4 million, or $3.97 million in real currency, which it paid out as cash, a vendor note, shares of stock, and an earn-out based on fiscal 2008 financial performance. It's an interesting marriage, given SilverBirch's experience with portable titles as well as the MMO Metin 2
, while Lighthouse is best recognized for steering sim and strategy titles for the PC. Wake us when Sword of the Stars
comes to the DS.