British developer Kuju has been signed up to create a first-party GameCube title for Nintendo, making it into the first UK studio to work on a home console title for the Japanese giant since Rare was sold to Microsoft.
The company's action division, which was responsible for the PS2's first online first person shooter, Warhammer 40,000: Firewarrior, is already working on the new title, but no details of the game have been announced as yet.
Information about the game will be revealed "in due course", according to a statement made by Kuju regarding the signing. It's thought that the title may form part of Nintendo's line-up of new Cube software at E3 in May.
"Nintendo have an unrivalled reputation within the industry for the quality of their titles and we are proud to be working directly with them," Kuju business development director Ian Baverstock said in a statement, "particularly at this exciting time in the industry's development."
Kuju joins a very short list of western developers who have been chosen by Nintendo to work on first-party projects, which includes the likes of Retro Studios (Metroid Prime), Silicon Knights (Eternal Darkness, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes) and N-Space (Geist). The company is the only UK developer to have worked on first party product for GameCube since long-time Nintendo collaborator Rare was sold to Microsoft in 2002.