Ubisoft announced today
that it has acquired Future Games of London
, a prolific mobile game developer with a string of free-to-play hits in its app catalog.
Future Games of London found its biggest success with the Hungry Shark series, which was bolstered post-launch by the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week
event in 2011. The most recent entry in the series, Hungry Shark Evolution
, has been downloaded over 25 million times
across iOS and Android platforms. Future Games of London also developed the popular iOS billiards sim Pool Bar: Online Hustle
, along with the arcade-style action game Grabatron
"The decision to sell is always a difficult one, especially when we have built so much success as an independent company, with our own IP and a direct relationship with our players," the studio states at its website
. "However, as we grow the team and as the mobile free-to-play industry around us evolves, we want to be in a position to place bigger bets on better games. Being part of Ubisoft's family gives us the support, experience, marketing and resources we need to make a very big impact with our future titles."