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Blizzard Acquires Swingin' Ape Studios

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the more-monkeys-are-always-welcome dept.

Businesses 22 has the news that well known development house Blizzard has acquired Swingin' Ape Studios, the company currently working on the StarCraft:Ghost console title. From the article: "The acquisition of Swingin' Ape Studios takes us one step closer to realizing our goal of becoming a top-tier console developer...With Swingin' Ape's talented designers, programmers, and artists, we're confident we'll be able to create console games that meet the quality standards we've established for every Blizzard title."

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and perhaps (3, Funny)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12548722)

Star craft ghost may actualy get released some time this centuary .
I may be mistaken but hasn't this been expected since 2001.
I understand it switched developers last year , i just hope it dosn't go daikatana on us

Re:and perhaps (3, Funny)

pyrrhonist (701154) | more than 9 years ago | (#12548818)

I understand it switched developers last year , i just hope it dosn't go daikatana on us

Don't worry, it won't be like that. It's going to be really good, and will be released at the same time as DNF. I'm looking forward to it.

Re:and perhaps (3, Insightful)

theclam159 (833616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12548830)

Blizzard games always get delayed heavily.

Re:and perhaps (1)

Sebadude (680162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12550830)

Do you mean that development switched to an entirely new team/studio? What happened? Could someone elaborate?

Re:and perhaps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12552473)


WoW subscribers. (3, Interesting)

JVert (578547) | more than 9 years ago | (#12548975)

Will the WoW subscribers get a free copy of starcraft: ghost? Seems fitting as they are the ones paying for it instead of better customer service or servers. Is it ttuesday yet?

Re:WoW subscribers. (1)

Solikawa (604301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12551473)

I wonder whats going to be borked tommorow =/

Re:WoW subscribers. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12551652)

You may not be aware, but Blizzard runs an entire forum [] dedicated to trolling about World of Warcraft.

Re:WoW subscribers. (1)

JVert (578547) | more than 9 years ago | (#12568531)


High quality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12549549)

So that's why my computer has started spewing grits since I installed WoW...

who cares any more? (4, Informative)

boomerny (670029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12550374)

I lost interest in this title long ago. When I first read that Blizzard was doing a console game I thought Great! Finally a developer is going to do RTS proper for my Xbox. Then I found out it was going to be some 3rd or 1st person, stealth-action type thing and they started to lose me. I wish they would have stuck to their bread-and-butter and figured out a way to bring the original Starcraft experience to the consoles. Maybe Bungie will do us all a favor and reimagine Myth for Xbox.

Re:who cares any more? (3, Informative)

bobgoatcheese (455695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12550741)

Maybe Bungie will do us all a favor and reimagine Myth for Xbox.

Sorry, but Bungie lost the rights to the Myth franchise to Take 2 when they were bought by Microsoft, and good luck getting those guys to do anything worthwhile. View Myth III for evidence.

Re:who cares any more? (1)

Joel from Sydney (828208) | more than 9 years ago | (#12551795)

Yeah, but is a good RTS game really possible on a console? Having played the Godawful ports of Command & Conquer to the PS1 back in the day, I'm not convinced that RTS can even be done with any degree of finesse. Any game that requires a point-and-click style functionality just doesn't work well on a console. That includes real-time strategy, first-person shooters, RPGs and Sims-type games as well. Analog console controllers lag far behind what's possible with a mouse and keyboard. IMHO, consoles are for sports, fighting, driving and Grand Theft Auto.

Re:who cares any more? (1)

NinjaFarmer (833539) | more than 9 years ago | (#12555782)

Did you ever play Battlezone? That was a type of RTS game that could easily be ported over to a console and have an easy to use and responsive interface.

Re:who cares any more? (1)

DavidD_CA (750156) | more than 9 years ago | (#12556515)

I thought the same thing.. but in reading more about Ghost and the way it plays, I think you'll discover it's much more strategy than shooter.

Blizzard making sure the job's done right? (2, Funny)

UltimaL337Star (641853) | more than 9 years ago | (#12550425)

Now that's quality control...

metal arms: glitch in the system (4, Informative)

cycledance (812080) | more than 9 years ago | (#12550487)

metal arms is swingin apes first game and its really good. it came out on gamecube, xbox and ps2 in 2003. a sleeper hit. i suggest u check it out. cheap and easy to find. the companys aquisition is proof for the studios talent to make great games.

Re:metal arms: glitch in the system (1)

KrisW (613034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12553963)

That sure is one heck of a game. It'll kick your ass on the higher difficulty settings too...

It's the new marketing scheam! (0, Redundant)

Irashtar (836973) | more than 9 years ago | (#12551061)

1. Hire Sub-contractors for project A 2. Wait 3. Wait 4. Wait 5. Wait 6. Make huge profits from project B 7. Pipe said funds into project A 8. Buy out Sub-contractors ??? 10. BIGGER PROFIT!

The reason for Swinging Apes. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12552562)

Since most of the Blizzard's talant left a while ago, and with Ghost being in the public works since 2001 E3, with no show -it seems like their desire to plunge into this is almost desparet. To be true, they first started talking about it in '98!!

The next game from Blizzard will be a big test for the company. Is it one hit wonder with WarCraft/StarCraft or they can produce new and fresh concepts?

StarCraft Brood Wars
StarCraft Battle Chess
WarCraft II
WarCraft III
WarCraft III :Frozen Throne
WarCraft Adventures.
World Of WarCraft (MMO)

Yes, they made other games, but can you name them without looking up their website? Most of them were a bust, but a lot has been forgiven since Blizzard was cranking out their own Star Wars Multi Mini Series in between.

A big test...if they make it, most people will see it as vindications for Blizzards great contribution to the gaming. If not, the good faith, that Blizzard been eroding away after so many years, will turn it into just another company that floods the market with gimmicks.

I guess though there are always going to be dans who will love to get more tripe from Blizz like because it is Blizzard.

StarCraft: World of Swinging Ape

Re:The reason for Swinging Apes. (2, Insightful)

zeno_2 (518291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12552889)

Diablo 1
Diablo 1: Hellfire
Diablo 2
Diablo 2: Lords of Destruction
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