Niantic acquires Sensible Object, studio behind Beasts of Balance and When In Rome

The Pokémon Go developer is renaming Sensible Object to Niantic London, which will work on existing and new Niantic franchises.

Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go, has acquired the London-based Sensible Object for an undisclosed amount.

Sensible Object is perhaps best known for their work on the “Jenga meets Pokémon” game Beasts of Balance, a tabletop game that mixes real figures with an iOS/Android app. Long-term support for the game has come in the form of expansion packs that add additional beasts, cards, and other in-game minutia.

Alex Fleetwood, the head of Sensible Object, confirmed in a blog post that the company will continue as Niantic London.

“[Niantic] CEO John Hanke and his team have an incredible, progressive vision for the future of play that resonates deeply with us; building global communities, pioneering new forms of augmented reality, and helping people get outside, get exercise and connect with one another in the real world,” Fleetwood wrote.

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