Activision Acquires Beenox, Mac Impact?
7:43 AM | Tuncer Deniz | Comment on this story
Activision today announced it has acquired Beenox Studios. Under the terms of the agreement, Beenox has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision and Beenox's management team and key employees have signed long-term employment contracts with Activision. The 32 person team will continue to be based in Quebec City, Canada.
In the past, Beenox has ported a number of titles to the Macintosh including recent ports of Railroad Tycoon 3 for MacSoft, and MTX: Mototrax for Aspyr. The company is currently working on Star Wars Battlefront for Aspyr and Myst V: End of Ages for Ubisoft.
How will this acquisition impact their Mac porting business? We asked Beenox President Dee Brown who said that all current ports will be completed but that future Mac ports will likely be of Activision products only.
Here's what he had to say:
Beenox has indeed a great track record on the Mac and the Activision acquisition will not make all the experienced Mac staff and equipment go away all of a sudden. Beenox's acquisition will no doubt have an impact on Aspyr and MacSoft's ability to port some non-Activision games to the Mac. Only time will tell if these companies will be able to look elsewhere for ports.
We are committed to finish all products in development (including Mac games) and we'll work solely on Activision properties after that. As for future Mac projects (of Activision products), it's too early to say but it's definitely something we'll look into.
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