In what's likely a proactive bid to prevent its one-note franchise from crashing down into unpopular orbit, Rovio's
spreading its wings beyond that flock of malcontent fowl
and adding to its in-house development team. Helping further speed its forward merchandising momentum is the Finnish company's recent acquisition of Futuremark Game Studios -- formerly an offshoot of benchmarking outfit Futuremark
. The small developer, while nowhere near as successful
as its new parent company, has a trio of titles, like Hungribles
and Unstoppable Gorg
, currently available across the iOS, PC and Xbox platforms. No word on what projects the studio will be tasked with under this new regime, but it's a safe bet Angry Birds Rotisserie
won't be on the schedule.