Finland studio Rovio is poised to announce its first game venture following the trailblazing success of Angry Birds, according to a growing body of evidence.
It appears that the developer has bought the IP for Casey’s Contraptions, a social mobile game where users must build complex ‘domino effect’ machines to solve puzzles. The game was created by US studio Snappy Touch.
Rovio has not officially confirmed the deal.
The existing owner of Casey’s Contraptions, Noel Llopis, has suggested an agreement has been struck with Rovio, though denied that his studio - called Snappy Touch - has been acquired.
The likeliest scenario is that the Angry Birds outfit has bought the IP or will become publishing partner of Casey’s Contraptions.
Earlier, Rovio announced it had recorded its billionth download of Angry Birds across multiple devices and platforms. In the video that announced the move, the studio revealed clues of its next project with a short animation.
As the video spread, it quickly became clear that Rovios’s new venture bears a striking resemblance to Casey’s Contraptions.
As the speculation intensified, Llopis all but confirmed a partnership or deal with Rovio “before the rumours start flying”.
He added: “Rovio is a perfect gentleman. Not a Zynga at all. Don't worry, all is well.”
UsTwo co-founder Mills, behind the popular app Whale Trail, said that he believed the rights to Casey's Contraptions had likely been bought by the studio, and claimed that Rovio had on the lookout for new IP.
"It's just a hunch. And I know they were on the IP hunt, they were 'fishing' recently," he said.
Develop has approached Rovio for comment, but could not be contacted at the time of going to press.