Ex-Killzone devs forming new studio

Guerrilla cofounders Martin de Ronde and Michiel Mol create new Dutch studio, Vanguard, to work on combining console and social-network games.

Nearly five years ago, Sony bought Guerrilla Games, the Dutch developer of its flagship shooter series, Killzone. Now, five months before Killzone 3 brings jetpack-fueled 3D gaming to the PlayStation 3, two of Guerrilla's original founders have announced they are forming a new studio, Vanguard Entertainment Group.

Guerrilla and Vanguard cofounder Martin de Ronde.

Martin de Ronde, who left Guerrilla in 2006, will be the chief commercial officer of the new studio. Michiel Mol, who departed in 2005, will serve as its prime strategy advisor. Vanguard will combine its online game production company, Karami, with W! Games, the developer of February's well-reviewed turn-based strategy game Greed Corp. Both companies are based in Amsterdam.

As for Vanguard's future projects, the shop will be working on an original IP that will adopt the "fundamental mechanics" of the online PC game model to consoles and "other premium gaming platforms." In particular, the company's first project will try to weave many of the social-networking aspects of PC games into the console experience.

"We feel both these market segments will be rapidly converging over the coming years, rather than competing with each other," said de Ronde in a statement.

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29 comments
RavenLoud
RavenLoud

@kyle_360 You can change the controls.... alt 2 set is exactly the same as CoD... (and turn on high precision)

bodylotion
bodylotion

the dutch will take over the world!

redskinStu
redskinStu

The first Killzone game, for the PS 2, was virtually perfect. The story wasn't great, but that's nothing new for FPS games. But the graphics, look, feel, sounds, weapons, gameplay etc. were all top-notch. The Hellghast were awesome foes, clever, devious and tough. One of the best games available for the PS 2.

TTDog
TTDog

The first Killzone was dreadful, over ambitious garbage on a console that was least suited for that type of game... I wouldn't trust these people to make me a sandwich to order let alone give them millions of dollars in development cash to write a game.

kyle_360
kyle_360

AND MORE IMMERSIVE STORY maby play as helghast

kyle_360
kyle_360

all i want out of killzone 3 though is PLEASE L1 for aiming down the sights i cant stand it being R3

kyle_360
kyle_360

i didn't enjoy any killzone over a halo game, but i know killzone is the better game by far, its more unique and creative and it has heart i personally like killzone more then halo, i dont really know why i enjoyed halo more though, i guess it feels like with killzone its alwys missing somthing

kyle_360
kyle_360

killzone 1 was amazing, it just had alot of flaws

Alex_09
Alex_09

I also have to ask, why did Killzone 2 get such Halo fanboyish hype if the first one wasn't good? At least it seems it wasn't good according to the comments below me.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Good to hear about a new studio, especially one that isn't tied to one platform. But tying in social networking aspects? Imagine if they just made a Farmville 2 and left it at that.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

GS, don't scare me like that with your article! :P

Pete5506
Pete5506

I wish them luck, lets hope for something good

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

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minion715
minion715

if those two guys left in 2005 and 2006 i really dont care because that means they had no part in killzone 2 or killzone 3

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Sounds kinda like Guerilla merely rid themselves of chaff...

diddyblogger
diddyblogger

this is interesting. Killzone is a good fps game, one of the bests for sure.

DonatelloToAll
DonatelloToAll

KZ1 was a good game,considering the limited library of solid FPS.Lets hope we hear something from these guys in the future.

Yathoom
Yathoom

I've never played KZ1, my friend told me it was nothing much. But I have bought and finished KZ2 IT WAS fantastic. Graphics, mechanics and everything else.. enemy AI was something special too. can't wait for the next one.

Yathoom
Yathoom

I've never played KZ1, my friend told me it was nothing much. But I have bought and finished KZ2 IT WAS fantastic. Graphics, mechanics and everything else.. enemy AI was something special too. can't wait for the next one.

g5naim
g5naim

I wish them the best- precisely because they weren't involved in the development of Killzone 2. The first one was average to mediocre, I've heard.

F-14-D_TOMCAT
F-14-D_TOMCAT

yeah the 1st was an average fps. KZ2 was awesome, but these guys left Guerrilla in 2005 - 2006 before KZ2 was released in 2009.

alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

the original killzone 1 wasn't that interesting ""so am not expecting much from them""