Kabam acquires Fearless Studios, home of Force Unleashed developer Haden Blackman


By AJ Glasser Comment

Social game developer Kabam announced the acquisition of Fearless Studios this morning, scoring ex-LucasArts developers and Fearless founders Haden Blackman (pictured, left) and Cedrick Collomb (pictured, right) as part of the deal.

Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. The entire Fearless team now joins the Kabam workforce in its San Francisco office. Kabam CEO Kevin Chou indicates in a press release statement that the team will be introducing 3D technology to Kabam’s games lineup.

“Their skills in game design, emerging technologies and proficiency in making the transition from 2D to 3D on consoles mesh perfectly with Kabam’s strategy,” his statement reads. “We’ll significantly strengthen our industry leadership as the online gaming market transitions to higher fidelity, 3D gameplay with our acquisition of Fearless Studios.”

Kabam’s VP of Brand Marketing and Communications, Ted Simon, clarifies that the team will be introducing streaming 3D to new titles and possibly to existing IP. As for branching out to new platforms, Simon says there are no plans to get into consoles — where Blackman and Collomb have a great deal of experience — but that Kabam is looking to go beyond Facebook and Google+ to international SNS platforms like Hives and VZNet with 3D games.

Fearless Studios was founded in October 2010, not long after Haden Blackman departed LucasArts and just months before the release of The Force Unleashed 2. Though the developer at one point had up to six projects in development, including a horror title, no games were ever released. Simon tells us that Kabam has not picked up the horror project. Fearless Studios last made the news in June 2011, when the developer was quoted in an HP press release, singing the praises of the TouchPad and the webOS platform.