Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds, has just announced that it has acquired FutureMark Games Studio, which is the gaming part of the company otherwise known for its popular benchmark series with the same name. “They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment’s CEO. FutureMark is about to release a new benchmark that should run on all the popular platform, and although there are no further details, it is fair to think that PC, Mac, Android and iOS would covered.
But the acquisition only concerns the game studio of FutureMark and does is benchmarks. Historically, Rovio has been building casual games, and Angry Bird, their huge -but only- commercial success is a relatively simple 2D game, and if Rovio is to expand its portfolio, it needs the computer graphics talent from FutureMark. This is a great acquisition, and I’m just about certain that the FutureMark team will bring a very strong technical expertise to Rovio. Now the question is: what will they come up with next? Will they become a “Gameloft”, or will they create the next-generation Angry Bird game? What would you like to see come out of this acquisition?