21st Century Fox Acquires Mobile Game Studio Developing Avatar Game

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21st Century Fox Acquires Mobile Game Studio Developing <i>Avatar</i> Game

21st Century Fox’s new gaming, virtual reality and theme park division, FoxNext, is coming for Avatar money with an App Store-ready game based on the James Cameron film.

FoxNext recently acquired mobile games developer Aftershock, part of the now-extinct game studio Kabam that was producing the mobile game before various, partial acquisitions.

This was one of the first acquisitions by FoxNext, which previously developed mobile games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Futurama: Game of Drones and Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Mobile games are exactly the market developers should be looking into. In 2016, mobile games generated revenue of $40.6 billion worldwide, up 18 percent from 2015. It’s a segment now accounting for half of the entire global digital games market.

The game will be a massively multiplayer mobile game and is set to debut ahead of Avatar 2. When that may be is more unclear, now the sequel’s date has been pushed back.

Once launched, though, the mobile game will continue to update and evolve with the launch of each of the four planned sequels. It is unclear how much the mobile app will differ from Ubisoft’s console-based game of the same title.