Less than two weeks ago, Ngmoco (of Rolando fame) purchased Freeverse, a wildly successful iPhone development company behind popular titleslike Flick Fishing and Skee Ball.
With the advent of in-app purchasing, Ngmoco has found that its more advantageous to give away its games for free and recoup the costs later via in-app purchases. While some early speculation seemed to indicate that Freeverse’s library of apps would fall under that pricing model, it appears that Freeverse will remain somewhat autonomous under the Ngmoco umbrella.
Speaking to The Mac Observer, Freeverse marketing director Lydia Heitman dispelled any notion that Freeverse as an entity would cease to exist in its current form.
We have no current plans to move our current hit iPhone games like Skee-Ball and Flick Fishing to the free side. They were not designed for that model and they’re doing great right as they are. Not including titles that have been announced such as Warpgate, our new titles going forward will most likely be Free-to-Play as that is where we believe the future lies in this industry.”
While most of our development will be for iPhone OS, as it has been since the iPhone SDK was first announced, we love the Mac community and the support they have shown us over the past 15 years. We will continue to sell and support our Mac titles.
Heitman concluded, “Ngmoco appreciates us for who we are, and wants to keep our style and culture intact.”