Blizzard übernimmt Swingin` Ape Studios

News vom 16-05-05
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Blizzard Entertainment, speziell PC-Spielern durch Geniestreiche wie die Starcraft- und Warcraft-Reihen ein Begriff, haben den kleinen Spiele-Entwickler Swingin` Ape Studios vollständig übernommen.

Swingin` Ape Studios zeichnete sich in der Vergangenheit für den Multiplattform-Titel Metal Arms: Glitch in the System, einem echten Geheimtipp, verantwortlich. Seit 2004 arbeitet das 40-köpfige Team am Videospiel StarCraft: Ghost. Ob der Titel noch auf den aktuellen Konsolen oder nun doch auf der nächsten Hardware-Generation erscheinen wird, sollte in den nächsten Tagen endlich bestätigt werden.

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Offizielle Pressemitteilung:
May 16, 2005--Blizzard Entertainment(R) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of acclaimed console developer Swingin' Ape Studios. Widely regarded as an innovative and accomplished development studio, the Swingin' Ape team boasts some of the industry's most talented developers, with more than 50 games' worth of collective design and development experience across all major platforms.

Under the agreement, Blizzard will retain Swingin' Ape's team of more than 40 developers, as well as acquire the studio's proprietary development technologies. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"The acquisition of Swingin' Ape Studios takes us one step closer to realizing our goal of becoming a top-tier console developer," stated Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "With Swingin' Ape's talented designers, programmers, and artists, we're confident we'll be able to create console games that meet the quality standards we've established for every Blizzard title."

As part of Blizzard Entertainment, Swingin' Ape Studios will establish the foundation for Blizzard's new console team and will continue development on "StarCraft: Ghost(TM)" in that role. Plans for future console games will be announced at a later date.

Steve Ranck, president and co-founder of Swingin' Ape Studios, expressed the team's excitement at joining the Blizzard family. "We've long admired the quality and attention to detail that Blizzard puts into each of its PC titles," said Ranck. "Our approach to game design is very similar, so we expect this to be a seamless transition for us."

Ranck will assume the title of vice president of console development for Blizzard's new console team and will report directly to Mike Morhaime. The team will remain in its Southern California office, located within a few miles of Blizzard's Irvine headquarters.

About Blizzard Entertainment

Best known for blockbuster hits including the "Warcraft(R)" series, "StarCraft(R)," and the "Diablo(R)" series, Blizzard Entertainment(R) (, a division of Vivendi Universal Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes nine No. 1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's free Internet gaming service,, reigns as the largest in the world, with millions of active users.

André Stephan 
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