EA has employed ex-Monolith (Shadow of Mordor) vp Kevin Stephens to move a brand new studio centered on an open-world action-adventure recreation, GamesIndustry.biz reports.
Stephens labored as head of Monolith Productions for a bit of over eight years, after a five-year stint as vp of improvement at WB Video games, and a decade on the engineering group at Monolith earlier than that.
The Seattle-based studio, presently unnamed, will probably permit distant employees to complement in-house workers.
“We’re nonetheless determining lots of foundational questions,” says Samantha Ryan, EA senior vp and group basic supervisor. Ryan was beforehand president at Monolith Productions, working with Stephens there and at Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure within the late 90’s. “How massive? What video games? How briskly to develop? Kevin and I each understand how essential it’s to get the foundations of any studio ‘proper’ and he’ll take his time to determine all of it out. Once you rush, you do not give your self time to be considerate. Why rush?”
Stephens’ credit embrace engineering work on F.E.A.R., Condemned, plus the Center-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of Conflict video games.
Ryan declined to say whether or not the brand new studio will work on a beforehand established IP or a brand new one, GamesIndustry stories.
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It’s one other transfer in EA’s latest (and rising) checklist of acquisitions and new partnerships. Previously few months, EA has bought Super Mega Baseball developer Metalhead Software, DiRT and Mission Vehicles developer Codemasters, and Glu Mobile, the latter of which price a cool $2.1 billion.