We just got word from EA that their two mobile-focused studios, Firemint and IronMonkey will be merging into the single cleverly named "Firemonkeys" studio. Firemint, if you're unfamiliar, are the developers behind Flight Control [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)], Real Racing [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)], and other sequels in the series. Similarly, IronMonkey is responsible for games like Mass Effect Infiltrator [$4.99] and Dead Space [$6.99 / $9.99 (HD)].

Interestingly enough, combining these two studios is going to form Australia's largest game development studio. As far as the reasoning behind the merger, according to EA's PR:

By aligning the strategy of IronMonkey and Firemint, EA is able to create an even more focused team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to developing high-quality mobile game experiences. This merge in the mobile space is resulting in positive overall growth for the Firemonkeys team, as the studio is now hiring for several positions. Fans should expect to see progressive development efforts with upcoming launch and project announcements in 2012.

We'll have to wait to see what actual benefits we see as iOS gamers from this merger, but if there's one thing you can bet on, it'll be a lot of internet comments regarding how EA has "ruined" Firemint. Personally, I'm excited for this, as Firemonkeys now has a lot of talent under one roof. Surely something rad will come out of it eventually.

  • iOSGameTrailers

    This is big news for iOS gaming and I can't wait to see what this merger means to gamers. Dead Space is my favorite iOS game so far and Real Racing was only trumped by Real Racing 2. I hope both teams keep that passion and deliver on that initial promise.

    • evilsearch

      i really hope they bring out real racing 3 with GRID(pc games) style. 

  • GSJ1977

    That really is a lot of talent under one roof. I wonder what their first release will be?

  • Jensen_G

    I count this as a harbinger for higher-quality titles coming down the pipe for 2013!

  • BlAcKoUt845

    does the studio have a website where i can apply for some positions?

  • LOLavi

    I can't see anyway how this could turn out bad. Two talented teams merging. Man, I can't wait for their next game! Wether it's Real Racing 3, Dead Space 2 or something completely different, it'll be an instabuy for sure!

  • Joltrabbit

    Is anyone fired from Firemonkey officially an "Iron Mint"?

  • ohwussup

    firemint = game with no iap
    +
    ironmonkey = game with iap
    ----------------------
    game with iap

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

      Don't worry, in Firemint's last couple of releases they've become very familiar with the use of IAPs.

    • Maniacfive

      Non-essential IAP though. I've Never bought any IAP for dead space or infiltrator and haven't missed out on any gameplay whatsoever. It's 'shortcut for the cash rich and lazy' IAP, not 'gameplay built around' IAP

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    You mean how like Square Enix hasn't ever been as good as they were just Squaresoft and Enix?

    Or Activision-Blizzard?

    I hate mergers.

    Lots of talent from two different ecosystems usually just means butting heads and too many cooks in the kitchen.

  • Jay Towie

    Thing is EA truly have "ruined" many studios in the past. Westwood were one of many. Hope Firemint do not go the same way...