Heralding their fashionably late arrival to the Massively Multiplayer Online party The Escapist reports that Hedgehog loving Video Games publisher Sega have acquired pioneering MMO developers Three Rings Design – whether or not Sonic sped through Casino Zone to collect ‘Rings’ remains unclear.
The San Francisco based social gaming developer who are currently busy working on Doctor Who: Worlds in Time – are behind such acclaimed MMO’s as the family friendly Puzzle Pirates and, the Sega published Spiral Knights – the winner of 2011 Game Developers Choice Online Award for Best Online Game.
Three Rings Design CEO Daniel James is excited to be part of Sega’s growing portfolio:
“We are very fortunate to have found a company like Sega that both respects our identity and shares our passion for developing engaging and quality games.”
While details about Doctor Who: Worlds in Time have been sketchy what we do know is that the MMO will see players taking control of the TARDIS and, under the Doctors orders, traverse time and space solving all kinds mind-bending, pulse pounding puzzles; sometimes by yourself or in alliance with players from around the world.
Sega’s Senior Vice President of Digital Business Haruki Satomi, was more than pleased to solidify the companies relationship with Three Rings Design:
“We knew from the first time we saw Spiral Knights that the team at Three Rings was not simply talented but truly unique, and the close bond we have formed with them over the past year has only solidified that impression.”
The deal is smart business for both; Sega takes its first steps into the family friendly MMO market and Three Rings gets Sega’s cash to continue to deliver exciting and challenging titles. Here’s hoping Worlds in Time players won’t have to battle Dr. Robotnik in order to free woodland creatures from giant spring-loaded traps.