Ever since the announcement that Firemint and Iron Monkey had formed one single mega studio — Fire and Monkeys... together at last — I've been super keen to find out what the team would be collectively working on. Iron Monkey is know for doing a stellar job bringing established IP to iOS. Would they work on those kinds of projects together, or work on building up Firemint's already well established IP? Turns out it's the latter...
Firemonkeys will be working on Real Racing 3, the latest entry into Firemint's super successful, boundary pushing iOS racer.
My first reaction to this news was mild disappointment — mainly because I was sort of hoping for the team to combine their expertise and create a blockbusting new IP — but thinking on it, this seems like a really sensible, safe first project for Firemonkeys. Iron Monkey did a great job bringing Need for Speed to iOS, so the team already has a skillset in the racing genre. Firemint, obviously, with the Real Racing series, also know their onions.
Expect fireworks. The trailer above is pretty ridiculous. If you had told me it was a new racer for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, I literally wouldn't have blinked an eyelid. I would probably have been like, 'wow, looks good'.
So yeah, look for Firemonkeys to really push the boundaries of what's possible on iOS with this one.