Phoenix Labs, makers of the free-to-play action RPG Dauntless, have been purchased by Singapore-based publisher and developer Garena. The deal will see Phoenix's current management team continue to run the studio while working with Garena to expand Dauntless.
Jesse Houston, CEO of Phoenix Labs and a veteran of Riot Games, BioWare, and Ubisoft, commented on the acquisition in a new post at the official Dauntless website. "For you, our valuable community, this change means we're able to continue to add even more to Dauntless," writes Houston. "More Behemoths, more weapons, more features like Escalation—in short, more of everything."
Garena is the developer of the mobile battle royale title Free Fire, and is responsible for publishing several other prominent titles in Southeast Asia, including Call of Duty: Mobile, FIFA Online 4, and PUBG Lite. Speaking with our sister site GamesIndustry.biz, Houston says that "the next frontier for [Phoenix] is mobile," noting that Free Fire has been quite successful in regions where Dauntless hasn't yet caught on but where the team has "aspirations of being strong."
Since it first launched in early access last May, Dauntless has attracted millions of players and released substantial updates at a steady clip. Dauntless is notably one of few titles to fully support cross-platform play and cross-progression across PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even last month's release of the Nintendo Switch version.
In USG's review, Mike likened the resemblance between Dauntless and Monster Hunter to the similarity between Fornite and PUBG: "an experience that's actually enticing if you enjoy the idea of Monster Hunter, but don't want to give yourself over to it completely."
If you're interested in checking out what Dauntless has to offer, USG's guides section has tips for beginners, details on the Behemoths and their weaknesses, lists of the best armor, and more.