Remedy Entertainment co-founder, Petri J%26auml;rvilehto, has gone to the birds. Last week, one of the main brains behind Max Payne and Alan Wake left his post at Remedy to join the Angry Birds developer, Rovio, as the Finnish studio's new Senior Vice President of Console Development.
Though he will still remain on Remedy's Board of Directors, J%26auml;rvilehto's new role at Rovio will involve developing Angry Birds games for future consoles and platforms, expanding its popularity well beyond app stores and digital download portals where it has already amassed over 75 million downloads.
"Angry Birds is one of the fastest growing gaming franchises in the world right now," said J%26auml;rvilehto. "I think we're only in the beginning, and with consoles we have the opportunity to create a new kind of gaming experience."
Keen to have an industry veteran in their midst, Rovio CEO Mikael Hed added, %26ldquo;We want to make Angry Birds a long-lasting global gaming franchise, and we see the console platforms as a way of delivering an even more entertaining, powerful and involving experience. I think we're only in the beginning, and with consoles we have the opportunity to create a new kind of gaming experience."
Could this mean a new Max Crane? Alan Drake? We can only hope...
Feb 7, 2011