Italian racing game developers Milestone have been acquired by the ever expanding THQ Nordic / Koch Media group.
Announced earlier today, the acquisition of Milestone s.r.l by THQ Nordic / Koch Media is a major boost for the long standing Italian development team, adding welcome funds and resources to the studio as they look to build upon their expanding officially licenced racing game franchises - including such titles as the official MotoGP championship game, MXGP and of course their own RIDE series of releases.
“Becoming a part of the Koch Media Family is an important step for our studio. Being run as a family business, which is built on the enthusiasm of its team members and centred around racing games, we are delighted to bring our expertise and knowledge into the company group and strive from the experience and knowledge outside of our core DNA. We are sure that the combination of our experiences will strengthen our position in our market segment and help us to bring more exciting games to our fans and extend the frontiers of racing within the gaming industry,“ says Luisa Bixio, Vice President Milestone s.r.l.Primarily known for their bike racing titles in recent years, Milestone have progressively brought bigger and better games to the marketplace since forming under their previous name of Grafitti, back in 1994. Earlier this year their latest release, MotoGP 19, is widely regarded as one of their best racing games to-date, featuring some impressive graphics and a first introduction of Neural AI in a publicly available racing game on home PC and console.
Of course MotoGP 19 isn't without its own issues, but the progressive improvements shown by the franchise continue in an upward trend, something that should be accelerated in future years by the new arrangement with THQ Nordic and Koch Media.
With the studio now in the same family group as Wreckfest, it will be interesting to see what new IP and projects are developed in the coming years...
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