A statement from F9E said that the deal “is expected to make Foundation 9 the largest independent game developer in the world.” Amaze and all of its studios would join F9E bringing the total headcount to over 725 employees across 11 studios, with 30 SKUs expected to release in 2006.
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Amaze’s past efforts lean heavily towards licensed games, which include Lego Star Wars II for GameBoy Advance, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for current-gen consoles and Lord of the Rings: Tactics for PSP. Future games from the developer include the DS version of Eragon, which is based on a young adult novel and upcoming film.
Amaze’s studios include KnowWonder, Griptonite, Monsoon and Fizz Factor, while F9E’s studios and brands consist of The Collective, Backbone Entertainment, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, Digital Eclipse and Shiny Entertainment, which was recently acquired from Atari. One of F9E's most well-known properties is Death Jr. (pictured)
Amaze has studios in Kirkland, Washington and Austin, Texas.
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