Turner’s Adult Swim is acquiring UK-based game developer Big Pixel Studios, the shop behind the highly successful mobile game Pocket Mortys. This move is part of the network’s increased investment in gaming and overall commitment to creating an expansive fan-universe across multiple platforms with its popular IP.
“We’re thrilled to have Dave and the team at Big Pixel join Adult Swim Games,” said vice president of Adult Swim Games, Jeff Olsen. “Having such a talented creative team in-house will allow us to build much deeper and more immersive games for fans.”
One of a slate of titles developed for the network by Big Pixel, Pocket Mortys is based on hit Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty — the No. 1 comedy across all TV in 2017 which was recently renewed for 70 episodes. The studio continues to add more elements to Pocket Mortys, which launched in January 2016.
Pocket Mortys is a multiplayer character collecting game in which players assemble and train their best team of Mortys to battle each other, to amuse the Council of Ricks. Players can pick up a weekly batch of new avatars timed to new episodes, such as Commander Rick, Judge Morty, Summer, Tinkles, Scary Terry, Ants in My Eyes Johnson, and many more. Fans can now collect more than 250 Mortys and over 100 avatars in the game, with more coming this year.
“We are extremely proud of the relationship between Big Pixel Studios and Adult Swim Games resulting in the success of Pocket Mortys,” said David Burpitt, managing director of Big Pixel Studios. “I hope our players are as excited as we are knowing that this new chapter puts us in a fantastic position to develop existing and new titles for them to enjoy.”
Big Pixel Studios (www.bigpixelstudios.co.uk) was founded in 2009 by three games industry vets. The studio has built a reputation on a collection of exciting, original IP with innovative gameplay and unmistakable character. The developer is also a trusted go-to for clients to enhance their brands.