Wargaming.net Purchases Console/PC FPS Developer

The landing page for Day 1 Studios got a major overhaul today. Rather than pimping the company’s latest development project, the entrance describes a recent business transaction. One of Wargaming.net, the strategy company behind World of Warplanes and World of Tanks, purchasing the FPS developer and re-branding it Wargaming West.

The transaction ran Wargaming $20 million to acquire the Chicago-based company. Day 1 Studios cut its teeth porting the original F.E.A.R. to consoles and then developed F.3.A.R. on its lonesome. Wargaming West will focus on developing Wargaming’s unannounced console title.

“The move into console game development is a huge step for Wargaming, as we begin to expand our presence into new platforms,” said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “We are looking forward to sharing the fruits of our labor soon.”

Teamed with the recent purchase of Big World Party, a server middleware tools company, and the expansion of the World of Tanks property to a tactical card game, Wargaming is indeed expanding its audience.