Electronic Arts continues to chase the mobile market, today announcing an agreement to purchase Firemint, the Australia-based developer behind iOS hits like Flight Control
, Real Racing
and, notably, "an attractive future slate of games." Flight Racing
, anyone? While it may be true love, EA and Firemint aren't ones to kiss-and-tell; the purchase price isn't being disclosed.
EA isn't just buying Firemint, however. The developer recently purchased fellow Australians Infinite Interactive
, the devs behind the popular Puzzle Quest
series. For its part, EA recently purchased a company called MPP, a "leader in high quality cross-platform development and porting of games for smartphones." We don't know about you, but we detect a faint whiff of synergy.
Oh, here it is: "The added technical expertise of MPP, combined with the creative talent of Firemint and our EAi studio teams, fuels EA's leadership in delivering top selling, high quality games across mobile phones and smartphones, tablets and future digital interactive entertainment platforms," EA Interactive's Barry Cottle said in a press release.
This courtship has ostensibly been going on for some time. Before it struck it rich on the App Store, Firemint labored in the EA Mobile mines working on the Madden NFL 3D
series, a 2006 mobile release of Need for Speed Most Wanted
, and something called The Sims DJ
. You can't say Firemint hasn't paid its dues.