Firemint and Iron Monkey, two of EA’s most prominent development studios responsible for mobile hits Flight Control, Real Racing, The Sims Free Play and Mass Effect Infiltrator, have combined to form one giant studio.
This is fairly significant news when you consider the ramifications behind it. The combined teams makes Firemonkeys a very large mobile studio with a lot of talented developers. The shared resources will likely result in even bigger projects.
Chair and Gameloft are also developers of substantial size in the mobile space, but Firemonkeys may well be the first mobile developer to be responsible for genuine AAA-game iPad/ iPhone development. Imagine a game like Real Racing or Mass Effect Infiltrator, but twice as big. It’s an exciting thought.