Blizzard Swings with the Apes
In a surprise deal which was announced this morning, VU Games' backed developer Blizzard has acquired partner Swingin' Ape Studios, the team currently working on Starcraft Ghost at Blizzard's request. Blizzard plan to keep on all of Swingin' Apes forty developers, who will finish Starcraft Ghost later this year. Blizzard was rocked of late by the high profile departure of several veteran developers, and there is now a feeling that the firm once again need to build up their talent pool.
"The acquisition of Swingin' Ape Studios takes us one step closer to realizing our goal of becoming a top-tier console developer," enthused Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard. "With Swingin' Ape's talented designers, programmers, and artists, we're confident we'll be able to create console games that meet the quality standards we've established for every Blizzard title."
Blizzard are currently thriving thanks to MMORPG opus World of Warcraft, though the development process of the new Starcraft has been plagued by changes of staff and delays. More soon.