Mad Catz, perhaps best known now for its fighting game joysticks and flight sim controllers is getting into the game development game, aiming high with the creation of Thunderhawk Studios. The newly formed studio’s first product is… an MMO flight sim.
Or, to be more specific, ThunderHawk (not pictured) will “focus on developing a series of MMO (massive multiplayer online) flight simulation games with the first game expected to launch in 2012,” according to owner Mad Catz. That may seem a bit strange, unless you’re familiar with Mad Catz’s high end flight sim products, like this $US5000 setup from its Saitek brand.
What better way to serve that flight sim-loving market with a massively multiplayer online game for which you make pricey, top-tier controllers?
Hopefully the studio’s name is a sign of things to come and ThunderHawk Studios is making a Warhammer 40,000-license flight sim in which you actually pilot a Thunderhawk Gunship with Street Fighter‘s T. Hawk in the pilot’s seat, who can also be controlled with a Mad Catz fight stick. This is a great idea, right? Guys?