Expect more Fruit Ninja in the future. According to a report in the Illwarra Mercury, Halfbrick's new-fangled studio in Sydney will be behind the helm of "the next evolution of the Fruit Ninja games franchise." As for what that actually means ... well, it seems as though Halfbrick is looking to incorporate the Fruit Ninja brand into something not so Fruit-Ninja-y -- on the surface at least.
Specifically, the Mercury states that this next evolution will have users "launching a series of fruit to knock ninjas off their towers in a 3D world, with each fruit having special powers." The game is due out at some point in 2012. Pricing and all that jazz, as per usual with these super early reveals, haven't been revealed.
Details on the studio's funding, on the other hand, has been let out of the bag. We've contacted Australia's own Phil Larsen for more details.