Independent developer collective Foundation 9 (Death Jr.
), has announced that it has acquired developer Amaze Entertainment (Spyro: A New Beginning
DS) and all of its related studios. The deal was funded by Foundation 9’s current owners, technology-focused investment firm Francisco Partners, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006.
According to Foundation 9 representatives, the transaction is expected to make the company the world's largest independent game developer, comprised of over 725 employees across eleven studios. Currently, Amaze developers are working on a number of unannounced projects, as well as the recently announced
handheld adaptations of Eragon
, based on the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox feature film.
Amaze currently has studios in Kirkland, WA and Austin, TX. Amaze’s studios – KnowWonder, Griptonite, Monsoon and Fizz Factor - will join Foundation 9’s current studios and brands, which include The Collective, Backbone Entertainment, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, Digital Eclipse, and recently announced Shiny Entertainment.
Foundation 9 has shipped more than 300 titles since its inception, including the original title Death, Jr.
Foundation 9’s games have generated more than $1 billion in consumer sales, with recent successes including Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
The company is currently at work on more than 20 titles, including Dirty Harry
and Sonic Rivals
, and has recently shipped other titles such as Death Jr. II: Root of Evil
for the PSP and MechAssault: Phantom War
for the Nintendo DS.
“The team at Amaze has done a fantastic job in growing one of the most trusted and best run independent developers, period,” commented Foundation 9 chairman and CEO Jon Goldman. “Our combined strength in handheld will be unparalleled, which provides excellent balance to our growing roster of 5+ next-gen titles. Together, we’ll offer our publishing partners an unrivaled breadth of resources and capabilities to help them achieve their goals.”