Foundation 9 Entertainment, Inc., North America’s largest independent developer, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Pipeworks Software, an independent studio focusing on development of entertainment software titles
for major software publishers. After the transaction is completed, Pipeworks
will continue to develop video games for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and the
Sony PSPâ„¢ handheld entertainment system at its Eugene, Oregon studio.
Additionally, Pipeworks President and Co-Founder, Dan Duncalf, will join the
board of Foundation 9 Entertainment.
"Dan Duncalf, Dan White, and their team will be a tremendous asset for Foundation 9,"said Andrew Ayre, founding partner and co-president of Foundation 9 Entertainment, Inc. "We expect their excellent technology and superb production processes to propagate across the company. We started growing our relationship with Pipeworks through joint business development and product development over the past few months, and we look forward to the contributions the Pipeworks team will bring to Foundation 9."
"Joining a larger company makes a lot of sense for us right now, as it allows us to focus on making great games and opens up a deluge of creative opportunities for all of our people," said Dan Duncalf, president of
Pipeworks. "Foundation 9 has thrown out the welcome mat, which is a rare feeling in the game industry, and we look forward to playing on a larger stage, reaching a bigger audience, and helping build something truly exciting."
This latest move follows the recent announcement of the formation of Foundation 9 Entertainment, which itself is the product of a merger between well known independent development companies, The Collective, and Backbone Entertainment. Foundation 9 develops games for a wide variety of platforms and genres. Notable forthcoming titles include Marc Ecko: Getting Up
Contents Under Pressure as well as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, both from The Collective, and Backbone's original title, Death, Jr. which is being published by Konami. The Company has extended beyond video games with product development and merchandising efforts in comic books, t-shirts, action figures and more.
Pipeworks is probably best known for its Godzilla titles but team members have also worked on a number of notable games including Space Quest, Pro Pilot, Populous, Aces, 3D Ultra, Front Page Sports, and Coaster. The studio’s Spigot engine is already in use in upcoming Foundation 9 Entertainment titles. Pipeworks is currently working on unannounced projects for the PSP, PlayStation 2, and the next generation Xbox.