Firemonkeys is aiming to be one of the greats, says executive producer

EA's new mobile game development studio formed through the merger of Firemint and Iron Monkey has ambitions to be on the same level as BioWare and DICE, according to executive producer Rob Murray.

EA's new mobile game development studio formed through the merger of Firemint and Iron Monkey has ambitions to be on the same level as BioWare and DICE, according to executive producer Rob Murray.

Murray, formerly the CEO of Firemint before the merger, told Polygon that Firemonkeys is now the biggest game development studio in Australia, which gives them the capacity to do things that neither studio could do alone before.

"I think we're really showing the leadership position now in Australia," Murray told Polygon. "We have a very clear position in it and I think the resources we've gotten from EA have been very significant. For example, we now have the resources to research the tracks in [Firemonkey's upcoming mobile game] Real Racing 3.

"With the merger, we've also gotten best practice from each other. So instead of competing, we're saying 'OK, here's how we did it', and they're saying 'Here's how we did it', and it's very comforting to see how they've been thinking all these years."

"I feel stronger with everything we're doing."

Murray says that both teams have gained a sense of strength from the merger and they now approach projects more fearlessly.

"I feel stronger with everything we're doing," Murray says. "Even with a game like Real Racing 3, we're going out really strong, we're a little more fearless with our investments, we know what we're going to do, it's going to be big and we're going to make it big.

"It's also about not being an indie any more and having the resources to back you up when you want to make a big play."

Murray sees the potential for Firemonkeys to be a AAA developer on the mobile platform and be regarded as one of the top players in the industry.

"The nature of games is going to get bigger, the audience is going to change and expand, and I really think Firemonkeys can be in a position to be a studio you think of when you think of top developers on top platforms," he says. "Whether it's mobile or all the platforms sort of merging, I can see a space coming where we're right up there with the greats like the BioWares and DICE.

"That's what I hope for, anyway. That's the ambition."

Real Racing 3 was announced earlier this month. It will be Firemonkeys' first release as a merged studio, and is expected to release on iOS later this year.

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