Officially positioned as a partnership, a new deal between Halfbrick and Steambirds developer Spry Fox suggests the Australian studio may be taking steps towards becoming a full blown publisher.
The two parties will come together for the launch of Spry Fox's next game, turn-based aerial combat release Steambirds: Survival, which will launch on iOS in early October.
Not doing things by halves
"Steambirds: Survival is the ultimate dog-fighting tactical aerial combat game," said Halfbrick CMO Phil Larsen.
"The game showcases the talents of both Halfbrick and Spry Fox and delivers an experience that is sure to be another huge hit among iOS players."
Neither party makes it expressly clear, but it appears Halfbrick will be listed as the game's publisher when it hits the App Store. Halfbrick has published its own games on the platform, but such a move would represent the first time the outfit had handled a third-party release.
Steambirds: Survival's predecessor, released in December 2010, has been played by over 12 million players worldwide.
Halfbrick's most recent release, Jetpack Joyride, hit 350,000 downloads in its first week.
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