RedLynx: other publishers wanted us too
RedLynx, the Finnish developer of Trials HD which was acquired by Ubisoft this week, has revealed that other publishers expressed an interest buying the studio.
In an interview, co-founder and creative director Antti Ilvessuo told us that the acquisition meant RedLynx would be able to release bigger, better games, and that the resulting loss of its independence was of little concern.
"For us, it has never been a question of being independent or non-independent," he said. "Even though we were independent, we always looked for the right kind of partnerships.
"Having had good success in some of the industry's growth areas, and being able to prove that we can keep on developing great games, it is natural that different publishers have been interested in working with us.
"But there is no need to think about that anymore. We are really excited to be part of Ubisoft, and now more than ever we are fully focused on the most important thing: developing great games."
Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot told us earlier this week that the publisher intends to make use of RedLynx's tech, like the in-house engine used in the Trials series. However he also implied the publisher would be hands-off in management of its new subsidiary, saying the team would stay in its current location. Ilvessuo, too, says it's still business as usual, but looks forward to exploiting the advantages of being part of what he calls the Ubisoft "family."
"Our day-to-day work and tasks should be pretty much the same,"he said, "but we expect to be able to focus even more on just creating and developing great games. Ubisoft has 25 different studios in its family, so that's a lot of people we can reach out to and get additional services and support, and share information, technology, and best practices with."
The studio is currently at work on a follow-up to XBLA darling Trials HD, Trials Evolution, though it appears it will not be released this year as originally planned. What comes next? Ilvessuo doesn't say, merely offering: "Right now it's Trials time, baby!"