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Firemint, IronMonkey merged into one mobile studio
Firemint, IronMonkey merged into one mobile studio
July 25, 2012 | By Mike Rose

July 25, 2012 | By Mike Rose
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Electronic Arts today announced a notable merging of internal mobile studios, as iOS Dead Space developer IronMonkey Studios and Flight Control company Firemint have been brought together under one name.

The two studios, both based in Melbourne, Australia, will now be known as Firemonkeys, marking what EA touts as the largest game development studio in the Australia.

EA acquired Firemint along with its best-selling mobile titles including Flight Control and Real Racing last year, while IronMonkey Studios has been making waves in the mobile space, most recently earning itself a place in Gamasutra's top 30 developers of 2012 list.

The aim of this new merger is to create a more focused team, said EA in a statement. The two studios will continue to work on separate products, but will now also collaborate on new games out of the EA Melbourne office.

Both Firemint executive producer Rob Murray and IronMonkey GM Tony Lay noted that they are excited at the prospect of sharing resources and technology with one another.

It's notable that EA closed one of its Melbourne-based studios at the end of last year -- Dead Space contributor Visceral Melbourne was shut down after it was reported that a major project that had been in development for three years was cancelled.

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