UK publisher and tools group NaturalMotion is opening a new development studio in London, to capitalise on its recent success with iOS games Backbreaker 2 and Jenga.
It was some success, too. "Backbreaker 2 and Jenga grossed $1m in their first month alone," CEO Torsten Reil told Mobile Entertainment. "We’re also seeing great long term sales with Backbreaker 1, which bodes very well."
NaturalMotion released the original Backbreaker Football game for iPhone in September 2009, and its success led to the launch of the dedicated digital division NaturalMotion Games in November 2010.
Jenga and Backbreaker 2: Vengeance were both released in December, developed in-house by NaturalMotion's Oxfordshire studio. That team is now at "full capacity", hence the decision to open up in London.
"London is home to some amazing creative talent, whether it’s design, art or development. We’ve been extremely happy with the quality of our first key hires, which we will reveal soon," says Reil.