Angry Birds maker Rovio gobbles up Finnish Shattered Horizon creator


The Angry Birds nest has added some new branches and leaves to its foundation. Rovio has acquired Finnish developer of games like Shattered Horizon and Hungribles (pictured) Futuremark Games Studio, a division of software developer Futuremark. TechCrunch reports that the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Rovio will take on the whole Futuremark team.

The deal is indicative of where Rovio looks to take Angry Birds in the future, especially considering Futuremark has experience working with zero gravity physics in games like Shattered Horizon. (Unless you've been without the Internet until this very moment, you know that the latest Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space, is all about zero gravity.) Futuremark also has storied experience creating both hardcore and more casual games, which is important to note.

"They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board," Rovio CEO Mikael Hed said in a release. "Rovio's success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition."

This is Rovio's second acquisition in the past year, with the first being Kombo Animation Studio last summer. (Come to think of it, the Kombo folks probably helped with all of those trailers for Angry Birds Space.) It will be interesting to see what Rovio does with the Futuremark folks. Angry Birds Space Marines: Let's make it happen.

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