EA Buys Makers Of Flight Control, Real Racing

EA Buys Makers Of Flight Control, Real Racing

Video giant EA, makers of Madden, Need For Speed and Battlefield (among many others) is snatching up Australia-based Firemint, creators of some of the most popular games on the iPad and iPhone, according to EA.

The publisher gets the studio and the rights to its hit games, including Flight Control and Real Racing. The companies didn’t announce any new games as part of this, but it stands to reason there will be some thematic overlap – if not brand overlap – between EA’s Need for Speed gaming and Firemint’s Real Racing. EA, don’t mess up Flight Control. That might anger the guy who reviewed it for us.


  • Interesting. I hope this is a good long-term deal for both parties tbh. I don’t like the idea of a local studio being bought, forced to release Flight Control 2, 3, 4 and 5 every 8-16 months, then closed.

    So good luck to them, I hope this brings the benefits this kind of relationship is meant to, but has failed to do so spectacularly lately.

  • Sorry but I don’t see this as a good thing. EA will just hand out the NFS games to them and that’s all they’ll be stuck with from now on. Look at Criterion.
    Financially it’ll be good though. Ah well.

    • yeaaah I doubt that will happen.

      iOS NFS is made by another Melbourne studio, Iron Monkey. Iron Monkey do the majority of EA iOS titles (Dead space, Sims, mirrors edge, etc…)

      EA now also owns the right to puzzle quest because Firemint and Infinite Interactive merged last year.

      Melbourne is being eaten up by EA!

      It should hopefully mean more jobs for Australian Developers.

Show more comments

Log in to comment on this story!