Epic Games snaps up Horizon Chase maker Aquiris


Epic Games has acquired Brazilian mobile game maker Aquiris, creator of retro racer Horizon Chase and Apple Arcade title Wonderbox.

It is now known as Epic Games Brasil, and is the Fortnite maker’s first studio in Latin America. Financial terms were not announced, but the acquisition follows an investment Epic made in the studio in early 2022.

Founded in 2007, Aquiris is headquartered in the city of Porto Alegre, and will now be tasked with creating “groundbreaking content and social experiences within Fortnite” as part of Epic.

Aquiris CEO and now studio director of Epic Games Brasil Mauricio Longoni said of the deal: “Joining Epic Games builds on our successes in creating memorable games including Wonderbox, Horizon Chase 2 and Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, which we will continue to operate.”

“We are delighted to leverage our experience using Unreal Engine on game development to contribute to the future of Fortnite,” Longoni continued. “Aquiris has been on the forefront of game development in Brazil and Latin America, and becoming part of Epic Games will spotlight our region’s developers for the entire industry.”

Epic Games game development EVP Alain Tascan added: “We’ve seen firsthand the impressive talents of the Aquiris team in creating innovative games that draw global appeal and we are excited to welcome them to Epic Games.”

“With the creation of Epic Games Brasil, we look forward to tapping into the immense talent the region has to offer and establishing our presence in Latin America.”

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