Some of the biggest game studio acquisitions in the industry’s history happened in 2020, with ZeniMax Media’s acquisition by Microsoft punctuating the year. This year is bound to be another filled with big studio pickups, but it appears to be starting off with a smaller one. Italian publisher 505 Games announced it has acquired the Australian studio Infinity Plus Two, perhaps best known for the Puzzle Quest franchise.
Infinity Plus Two is a studio with a long history going back well before the original Puzzle Quest‘s launch, having formed all the way back in 1989. It has gone through some dramatic changes since then, going fully independent in 2003 and making Warlords 4: Heroes of Etheria for Ubisoft. Infinity Plus Two, known then as Infinite Interactive, was acquired in 2011 only to once again go independent in 2012. The company officially changed from Infinite Interactive to Infinity Plus Two in 2019.
Infinity Plus Two’s biggest game franchise is the Puzzle Quest series, which is a mix of RPG and match-3 puzzle gameplay published by D3. Since 2007, when the first Puzzle Quest was released, Infinity Plus Two has put out four total Puzzle Quest games, the most recent being Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns on Nintendo Switch in 2019. It’s unclear if Infinity Plus Two owns the Puzzle Quest rights, or if they’ll stay with D3 after the acquisition.
Infinity Plus Two does have one game with 505 that may have led to the acquisition. In 2014, Infinity Plus Two released Gems of War, a free-to-play RPG match-3 puzzle game not unlike Puzzle Quest. Suffice to say, it wouldn’t be surprising if more Gems of War sequels are released following 505’s acquisition of Infinity Plus Two.
Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns is available now on Nintendo Switch.