Dauntless Developer Phoenix Labs Acquired by Free Fire’s Publisher
Garena, the developer of popular battle royale mobile game Free Fire, has acquired Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs.
Phoenix Labs’ Dauntless found success on PC and consoles in 2019. The Vancouver-based team has been working on the game since 2014 and plans to keep supporting it for the foreseeable future. The studio will now have additional backing in those efforts as they have been acquired the Garena, the digital entertainment portion of the Singapore-based tech company Sea.
The transaction has apparently already closed and they could confirm that Garena owns 100% of the Dauntless developer. This acquisition will add over 100 in-house developers to Garena’s team, though the developers are keen on continuing to support Dauntless. Specifically, they plan to bring the game over to mobile and increase its presence in Asian and Latin American markets. Phoenix Labs Co-Founder Jesse Houston reiterated that this acquisition would “ensure that we can provide the best possible experience for Dauntless players around the world” while also teasing that Phoenix Labs does have plans to “explore future games.”
If you live in North America, I wouldn’t be surprised if you have not heard of Graena or Sea before. That being said, they are very prevalent in the Asian market and have helped release everything from League of Legends and FIFA Online to Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG in the region. They also released Free Fire, a popular battle royale mobile game. Sea Co-Founder Forrest Li believes that Sea and Garena mesh well with Pheonix Labs and that they will find a lot of success together. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome Phoenix Labs to the Garena family…We also know that they share our mission of making great games, creating the best teams, and putting players first. Our skill sets are highly complementary, and we see many exciting opportunities ahead that our teams can explore together.”
Studio acquisitions can be both exciting and a bit scary, but this move seems to ensure the longevity of Phoenix Labs and Dauntless. The game is available across PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, and this acquisition definitely means that we will be seeing iOS and Android versions soon.