The award-winning game development studio, XR Games, has acquired Fierce Kaiju, an indie game development company specializing in creating virtual reality games.
Dan Roberts and Paul Colls founded Fierce Kaiju back in 2014, building on their experiences of working on several well-known gaming titles, such as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Call of Duty.
As a part of the acquisition, Fierce Kaiju’s team and IP will become a part of XR Games, with Dan Roberts taking up the role of an art director.
The company developed a VR shooter game called Viral for the first Oculus store. It had initially launched with Samsung’s GearVR headset in 2014. The studio then went on to further create Viral Quarantine and Viral EX.
Additionally, Fierce Kaiju has also worked as a third-party service provider to assist other game makers in building their projects from the ground up and managing other miscellaneous development requirements.
Roberts firmly believes in the shared vision of the two companies. “At Fierce Kaiju, we love experimenting with new and disruptive technology and turning it into something immediate, accessible, and fun, and It’s clear that Bobby and the team at XR Games share the same values,” he said about Bobby Thandi, the founder and Chief Executive of XR Games.
Bobby Thandi further discussed the relevance of this being the first acquisition for his company. Their goal was to bring in a brilliant team that shared the same vision as XR Games. Fierce Kaiju brings the experience of personnel from top game development studios, such as Rockstar Games and Activision Blizzard, which could be enormously beneficial for XR Games.
Moreover, the acquisition will also help XR Games accelerate its expansion plans and take on multiple, more extensive projects with higher budgets.
“We’re fiercely proud of our roots, and while we’re still based in Leeds, our titles are sold around the world, so with Fierce Kaiju joining the family, we’re confident that our reach will grow even further as we continue developing exciting new gaming experiences for years to come,” said Bobby.
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