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Ubisoft acquires Trials HD developer

RedLynx to focus on creating brands "that push the boundaries of online gaming"

Ubisoft has acquired RedLynx, the Finland-based creator of the popular Trials brand.

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Founded in 2000, the studio has developed more than 100 titles for a range of digital distribution channels.

It's perhaps best known for its wicked physics-based motorcycle racing game Trials HD, which has sold over two million units on Xbox Live Arcade. The next title in the franchise, Trials Evolution, is set for release in the coming months.

It was also behind the recently released DrawRace 2, a fantastic racing line racer for the iPhone and iPad.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said of the acquisition: "The team at RedLynx has developed exceptionally strong digital brands that stand out for their high replay value, their long tail sales and their multiplatform positioning.

"We are delighted to welcome RedLynx to the Ubisoft family. Their expertise in asynchronous online games and physics-based game mechanics provides us with a great opportunity to bring their powerful brands, most notably Trials, to an even broader range of fast-growing digital platforms."

RedLynx boss Tero Virtala added: "We were attracted by Ubisoft's focus on creativity and quality, and the fact that they base their long-term strategy on both the traditional and digital distribution video game markets.

"The reality of today's market is not about platforms, it's about creating excellent gaming experiences that consumers can play on any device or screen they like. As part of the Ubisoft team, RedLynx will be able to focus even more intently on creating stand-out, excellent brands that push the boundaries of online gaming in many new growth areas."

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