Rovio, makers of the hit series of casual bird flinging titles Angry Birds, has announced the purchase of the game development arm of Futuremark - a company best well known for its 3D benchmark suites.
"They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board," said Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment's CEO. "Rovio's success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition."
In the past the Futuremark Games Studio has developed three games: Shattered Horizon, a well reviewed zero gravity space shooter; Hungribles, an iPad puzzler that wasn't as well received and Unstoppable Gore, a space based tower defence game that while stylistically impressive, had too little repeat value and a punishingly steep difficulty curve.
"I am proud to see the potential of our talented games team recognised by Rovio," said Futuremark CEO, Jukka Mäkinen.
"Futuremark will now focus on supporting gamers and industry with 3DMark, our professional grade benchmark which, in a new version to be released later this year, will allow unified gaming performance comparison across operating systems and form factors for the first time."
This wording suggests that Futuremark was moving perhaps in a more mobile direction, something the benchmark maker has done in the past, but perhaps this generation of 3Dmark will be usable on PCs as well as smartphones?
As for the Rovio partnership, it will certainly allow the casual game maker to pursue more AAA style graphics and development if it so wishes. One thing that Futuremark can get right is visuals - though they can be a little system straining.
Source: Games Industry