Wargaming buys Day1 studios for $20mil to start working on a new console game
Wargaming, developers of war themed MMO’s such as World of Tanks and World of Warplanes have dropped a whopping $20 million on formerly independent developer, Day 1 studios. If the name Day 1 sounds familiar, then you probably played the MechAssault titles back in the Xbox days, Fracture or more recently were into the F.E.A.R. series – Day 1 was involved with ports of the original game and handled development on F.E.A.R. 3. The new studio is set to be renamed Wargaming West and will be housed in Chicago. The team there will immediately start working on an “unannounced console title.”
“The move into console game development is a huge step for Wargaming, as we begin to expand our presence into new platforms,” said CEO Victor Kislyi. “We are looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labor soon.”
“Wargaming is a clear leader in the free-to-play space and helps set the standard on which all other games in the genre strive for,” said Denny Thorley, new Head of Wargaming‘s Chicago-based studio. “Our team is extremely excited to start the first console project for Wargaming.”
Unfortunately no additional details are available at this time regarding Wargaming‘s first journey into the world of console gaming. Will this new game be for next generation consoles or current generation? Will it be free-to-play and make money off ads or upgrades? Time will tell.