Epic Games Acquires Aquiris Game Studio

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  • Epic Games announced the acquisition of Aquiris Game Studios.
  • The Brazilian-based studio has developed games such as Wonderbox and the Horizon Chase franchise.
  • The company will be renamed Epic Games Brazil.

Epic Games is expanding. The creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine has acquired yet another Studio. Earlier today, Epic announced the acquisition of Brazil-based Aquiris Game Studio in a press release. Aquiris, now Epic Games Brazil will continue to develop its own franchises, but also assist in the development of Epic’s flagship Fortnite

Today we are announcing that Brazil-based game studio, AQUIRIS, is joining Epic Games. This acquisition builds upon an investment that Epic made in AQUIRIS in early 2022. 

The AQUIRIS team will be the foundation of Epic Games Brasil, the first Epic studio in Latin America. Founded in 2007, AQUIRIS is best known for its award-winning titles including Wonderbox and the Horizon Chase franchise. Headquartered in the city of Porto Alegre, the AQUIRIS team of developers will join Epic Games to create groundbreaking content and social experiences within Fortnite.

“Joining Epic Games builds on our successes in creating memorable games including Wonderbox, Horizon Chase 2 and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, which we will continue to operate. We are delighted to leverage our experience using Unreal Engine on game development to contribute to the future of Fortnite,” said Mauricio Longoni, CEO of AQUIRIS and now studio director of Epic Games Brasil. “AQUIRIS has been on the forefront of game development in Brazil and Latin America, and becoming part of Epic Games will spotlight our region’s developers for the entire industry.” 

“We’ve seen firsthand the impressive talents of the AQUIRIS team in creating innovative games that draw global appeal and we are excited to welcome them to Epic Games,” said Alain Tascan, Executive Vice President of Game Development at Epic Games. “With the creation of Epic Games Brasil, we look forward to tapping into the immense talent the region has to offer and establishing our presence in Latin America.” – Epic Games

Aquiris is the developer of games such as Wonderbox, The Horizon Chase racing franchise, and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem. The art style of Aquiris’s games is stylized and cartoon-like, reminiscent of Epic’s art style in Fortnite. Currently, Aquiris makes mobile games, but now will assist the development of Fortnite, and it could be possible that Aquiris makes its own multiplatform titles down the line.

It also seems that Epic wants to further expand in the mobile gaming space, which is currently the largest market in gaming. Aquiris’s mobile offerings could help Epic Games penetrate the mobile gaming market. Epic recently had a falling out with Apple and Google, which led to Forntite being removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. 

Epic made a large investment in the studio last year, with the two forming a publishing agreement. It is just one of many recent Epic Games acquisitions. Last year the company acquired music distributor Bandcamp. The year before, Epic acquired Harmonix, developer of the Guitar Hero franchise. In total, Epic Games has acquired over 20 companies, in its bid to become a major player in gaming. 

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