MMO developer/publisher Wargaming has dipped its toe into the console market, announcing the acquisition of F.E.A.R. 3 developer Day 1 Studios. While Wargaming continues to work on the World of Tanks franchise, the Chicago-based studio will focus exclusively on an unannounced console title.
Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming explains:
The move into console game development is a huge step for Wargaming, as we begin to expand our presence into new platforms. We are looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labor soon.
Denny Thorley, new Head of Wargaming's Chicago-based studio continues:
Wargaming is a clear leader in the free-to-play space and helps set the standard on which all other games in the genre strive for. Our team is extremely excited to start the first console project for Wargaming.
The $20 million transaction is the second major acquisition for Wargaming in recent months - the publisher also recently picked up Australia-based Big World, bringing a handy middleware developer in-house.
As a result of the team's new purchase, Wargaming reports that it is "welcoming skilled professionals" from all over the world - so if you want to go work in Chicago, give 'em a call.
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