Even if it has not been particularly in the news here, Garena Free Fire nonetheless remains one of the games of 2019. The Battle Royale incredibly successful in Asia was indeed the fourth most watched title on YouTube this year, and quite simply the most downloaded mobile game over this period, with no less than 320 million active players in the last quarter.
Its developer, Garena, based in Singapore, decided to expand his empire by buying a studio that has already cut its teeth from Vancouver, Phoenix Labs. This is the studio behind Dauntless, a Action-RPG on free-to-play thought for cooperation, already available on PC and consoles. The purpose of this acquisition is to “continue the quality work of Phoenix Labs, support the development of Dauntless and explore new opportunities for the international market and mobile”.
Jesse Houston, CEO and Co-Founder of Phoenix Labs, said, “Our Garena partners have been our most loyal supporters since the early days of Phoenix Labs, and we are delighted to partner with this global video game leader. With this next step, we can ensure that we deliver the best possible experience to Dauntless players around the world. We’re extremely excited about what the future holds for Phoenix Labs, as we continue to support the ever-expanding Dauntless community and explore future gaming possibilities. “
Forrest Li, Founder and CEO of the Sea Group (parent company of Garena), said, “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Phoenix Labs to the Garena family. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Phoenix Labs grow into one of the best development teams in the business and launch an extremely exciting title with Dauntless. We also know that they share our desire to create great games, build the best teams and put players first. Our skills are very complementary and we see many exciting opportunities that our teams can explore together. “
Garena and Dauntless Both are expected to emerge grown from this collaboration, and while a port to iOS and Android is announced for 2020, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the title benefit from a major mobile release in Asia in the next few months, such as such or with a version designed specifically for this market.
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