Toucharcade via GameSpot AU reports that Electronic Arts two Australian-based mobile game development studios Firemint and Iron Monkey are merging to form a single studio: the Firemonkeys. Firemint was known best for Fight Control and SPY Mouse and was acquired by EA in 2011 while Iron Monkey Studios build the mobile version of EA’s some of the famous games like Medal of Honor, Need for Speed, and The Sims. The merger led to the biggest studio in Australia.
In an interview with GameSpot, Iron Monkey’s general manager Tony Lay said: “This is simply the most practical way to be successful, for both Iron Monkey and Firemint,” Lay said. “It wasn’t our original intention to merge, but since we work in the same building and we often help each other out on projects it made a lot of sense.”
“This merge in the mobile space is resulting in positive overall growth for the Firemonkeys team, as the studio is now hiring for several positions,” the statement read. “Fans should expect to see progressive development efforts with upcoming launch and project announcements in 2012.”