Montreal-based developer Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M) acquired Chilean studio Wanako Games, previously owned by Activision Blizzard.
Founded in 2002 and employing about 40 people, Wanako specializes in in downloadable titles, such as Arkadian Warriors
and the Assault Heroes
series, both published by Sierra Online for Xbox Live Arcade. It is currently working on 3D Ultra Mini Golf 2
and an unannounced XBLA and PlayStation Network title.
A2M, currently developing Wet
for next-gen platforms, says the acquisition's aimed at adding to its current software lineup and expanding its presence across XBLA and PSN with Wanako's TONGAS game framework and development tool. Wanako plans to continue operating in Santiago, Chile, where it has developed relationships with local universities and art schools.
Vivendi Universal's Sierra Entertainment purchased Wanako
in February 2007, likewise hoping to further develop its digitally distributed console game offerings. The sale to A2M follows a string of brands
and studios also divested
from Activision and Vivendi since their merger.
"The acquisition of Wanako Games is an opportunity to work with an experienced, motivated team, and to add successful downloadable games to our portfolio, including Assault Heroes 2
and 3D Ultra Mini Golf 2
," says A2M president and CEO Remi Racine.
"The addition of downloadable content to our game offering has been part of our growth strategy. We couldn't miss this opportunity to provide A2M with a strong foot hold in the downloadable space and access to a great talent pool."