Wargaming have increased their UK presence by acquiring the Guildford-based studio Edge Case Games for an undisclosed fee. The developers of Fractured Space will join Wargaming's newly opened offices to work on an unannounced MMO title.
Belarussian game developer Wargaming have snapped up the studio behind free to play multiplayer game Fractured Space. The announcement comes just two months after Wargaming opened their offices in Guildford, which is the home city of Edge Case Games. The studio counted 32 members and they will be relocated to Wargaming's new office to work on a new, unannounced MMO game.
Wargaming UK product director Sean Decker said that both companies wanted to work together for years. "We are extremely happy to be working with Edge Case Games. Wargaming and Edge Case Games have been looking for a way to partner for years," Decker said and added they are a perfect match given the studios' experience in creating MMOs.
"They have a great background that fits with Wargaming's future plans in new games - they have built and run free-to-play, vehicle-based MMOs, built on the Unreal tech stack," Decker concluded.
We didn't get any info about the upcoming project, but we assume it will be another MMO game in World of Tanks, World of Warships and World of Warplanes flavour. Decker did mention the game will be free to play and hailed it as world class title. "We plan to grow the team over the next year to the size needed to build and run a world-class F2P MMO," Decker said.
Speaking about future acquisitions, Wargaming UK product director made it clear that the company is not looking to acquire more studios at the moment, as the main focus is currently on Guilford team expansion.
As for Fractured Space, Edge Case Gaming have recently ended the development of the game as they wanted to move on and explore other possibilities. They removed all purchasable content from Steam and said that the servers will run "for the foreseeable future".