Ex-Human Head head creates Big Rooster

Former CEO announces studio will be a "new kind of game company"; first project will be an adaptation of Games Workshop's Talisman.

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When CEO Tim Gerritsen resigned from his position with developer Human Head saying that he "was tired of the issues that come up when you have six other owners," he refused to comment on his future plans.

Now he has announced his latest project will be a new independent development studio called Big Rooster, based in Wisconsin--although the issues with having too many cooks might remain, as the new company has no fewer than four founders.

Working alongside Gerritsen will be animation director Jeff Dewitt, art director Rowan Atalla, and former Midway technical director Jason Blochowiak. Big Rooster will be working on both original titles and licensed games, and is currently hiring, according to a statement. Gerritsen believes that the timing is right for independent developers to succeed, and the chances are "better than they've been at any time in the industry."

Gerritsen comments, "We believe that we can combine good design and stunning imagery to create games players will come back to again and again without burning out our staff to do so."

Tim Gerritsen has been working in game development as, variously, a designer, producer, and executive producer since 1992, on approximately 20 titles, including Prey, Rune, and MechWarrior 3.

Big Rooster is already working on its first game project, a video game version of the classic Games Workshop product Talisman, which will be published by Capcom. The "fantasy hybrid board/role-playing game" will accommodate up to four players and will be coming to the PC, Xbox Live Arcade for the Xbox 360, and the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 3. Talisman will be released this holiday season.

Discussion

33 comments
TTDog
TTDog

Hopefully when they get round to producing a full game, rather than a downloadable mini-game, they'll come up with something better than Prey... it was an okay game but in the end a one-trick pony game with the spirit walk thing... and you couldn't die, you could finish the entire game using nothing other than the first basic weapon you come across.

Daytona_178
Daytona_178

big rooster,,,,, isnt another word ofr rooster a cock as in cockrell???

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

"Sigh", another new kind of game company. I'll be interested only if they offer fried chicken with their games!

amogley
amogley

Nice to see another Games Workshop product being adapted for the video games market. Look forward to seeing it developed. .. and yep .. Awesome company name ;)

komradandre
komradandre

talisman on xbl & Psn ... I hope its as convenient as it is awesome. Rune was sweet!

SteyerSmurf
SteyerSmurf

dr corndog beat me to it... try to be at least a little original with the new independant developer names guys, come on!

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Gamecock, and now Big Rooster. What's up with game developers naming their new studios after chickens all of a sudden?

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Epic indeed! But I'm pumped to see it

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

That title is hilarious, keep it up gamespot.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I wonder how these guys come up with their names.

skrutop
skrutop

Gamecock? Rooster Teeth? Big Rooster? Maybe they'll do a Voltron and form "TriCock"

EqualPlatinum
EqualPlatinum

A lot of 'head' there-- jus the way I like it.

Vulpis
Vulpis

I wonder if this will get mixed up with 'Rooster Teeth', the people who do the Red vs. Blue stuff...

okassar
okassar

OMG!This article just wasted some of my time...

gokuofheaven
gokuofheaven

Big Rooster?...in Wisconsin?... i can see people not care after knowing those 2 facts. Dumb name, terrible place for office...

GIF
GIF

Human Head Studios made Rune and Prey which are great games in their own right. I'll be on the lookout for more news but think its strange that Human Head Studios also just had a fire at their headquarters.

carddude
carddude

wow, I don't give a crap.

Agreb91
Agreb91

What a creative name.

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

What is with the all of a sudden chicken fetish in gaming?

smithy1185
smithy1185

They couldn't have thought up a better name than Big Rooster? Sounds too much like Game Cock

WESLY_SNYPES
WESLY_SNYPES

A new kind of game comapny probably means the way they conduct their business behind the scenes. Every game developer wants to combine "good design and stunning imagery" but probably what the key here how they want to do it without burning out their employees. This might mean that they are going about production in ways that big developers can't...

Takalth
Takalth

"will accommodate up to four players" Does that mean I can get together with friends and play 4 player on the xbox, or do I have to find random people around the world to play online with. Give us more same-room multiplayer.

ert47
ert47

wait a mo.. Big Rooster!? how imaginative... a few weeks back Gamecock were the new kids on the block who called themselves "a new kind of game company"... Cock/Rooster? still chickens... Im with Monco59... wth is this suppose to mean?

thesethcohen
thesethcohen

im sorry i got bored when they said new kind of game company and then said XBL arcade

monco59
monco59

Why does everyone always say their company will be a "new kind of game company"? What the heck does it mean? What's wrong with the "old kind of game companies"? Yiiiiaaah!!!

Pudgieluv
Pudgieluv

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racerx737
racerx737

Well he didn't really solve his main complaint at all but good for him for doing what he wanted to.