Released in 2008, Rolando was arguably the first game to truly show the potential of the iPhone as a gaming platform — and now developer Handcircus is making a return to the platform with an intriguing new release. It looks to be very different from the puzzle-heavy Rolando, instead presenting players with a large open world to explore and lots of quests to undertake. Handcircus is partnering with Dragonvale developer Backflip Studios to publish the game, which is slated to launch sometime this summer for unannounced mobile platforms. The arrangement appears similar to the Rovio Stars program, which has the Angry Birds maker teaming up with a relatively small number of studios to publish their games, resulting in some excellent games like Tiny Thief. We are looking to bring a small handful of new games to market in the coming year, from indie developers with a history of innovation, says Backflips Simon Jeffery, who will lead the new program.