Former Call of Duty Devs Create New Studio Reload to Make VR Games

Made up of artists, producers, and developers from Infinity Ward and other Call of Duty studios, Reload aims to make new VR experiences.

The official website for a new game developer Reload Studios went live earlier today, and according to the site, they're a new game studio made up of former Call of Duty artists, producers, and developers. Reload's mission statement is to "make games for upcoming virtual reality and existing platforms." A separate bit of the text on the main page clarifies that Reload "will produce virtual reality, mobile, and console games."

The studio was founded by James Chung, "a developer for core and casual games," and Taehoon Oh. According to the website, Oh is "an ex-lead artist from Infinity Ward which created the famous 'Call of Duty' series. He worked most of weapons and vehicles from last six COD projects over ten years."

An undistributed press statement available on the website, described the 12-person team at Reload as "already at work on a first-person shooter title for VR and mobile devices and next-gen consoles. Reload intends to release its first game in 2015." Chung writes in the press release, "Just as smartphones changed the way we live our lives, I am sure VR will change the way people experience media content. As a game developer, this realization compelled me to become part of a new team that focuses on developing VR content."

Reload's website currently lists a number of spots marked for "future" employees and advisors. And while no specific console or platform is mentioned on the site, there are several images of people wearing the Oculus VR headset. We've most recently saw the marriage of mobile and VR technology in Google's not-made-up Cardboard mobile phone app.

In addition to the website, the studio also has a Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile. We've reached out to Reload to learn more about what they have in store.

And if the Reload's name is giving you deja vu, you might recall that the most prominent group departure from the Call of Duty franchise occurred about four years ago when Infinity Ward's founders were fired, but then went on to make Respawn, the developer behind Titanfall.

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DrKill09
DrKill09

So, COD developers from Infinity Ward leave to form a new studio called "Reload"...


Wow, THAT's original *cough* RESPAWN *cough* *cough*

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Maybe Activision will buy them and turn Call Of Duty into a 4 year 4 studio cycle, with one in 4 games supporting VR. Then again, its Activision, they'd rather do VR for every Call Of Duty !!!

Hagan
Hagan

So many IW studio offshoots, no wonder Activision forced them to merge with Neversoft

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Reload aims to make new VR experiences". I haven't even heard about any old VR experiences (Oculus Rift and others still aren't publicly available), so what are they comparing these new VR experiences to?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

This is good. The one thing VR needs to even be relevant is a good set of games. Look forward to seeing what they can come up with.

Barighm
Barighm

Great. VR devices aren't even ready for public distribution yet and they're already being saturated by shooters.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

Respawn, Reload, what's next? Rehash?

mr_nee
mr_nee

Yes, make VR happen. Two best gaming platforms will have it

saturatedbutter
saturatedbutter

"And if the Reload's name is giving you deja vu, you might recall that the most prominent group departure from the Call of Duty franchise occurred about four years ago when Infinity Ward's founders were fired, but then went on to make Respawn, the developer behind Titanfall."

Respawn = daja vu for "Reload" ?

That's a bit of a stretch.

elheber
elheber

Probably meant, "as opposed to old unVR experiences."

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

New as in original. In English, some words/terms have multiple definitions. I know it's confusing, but you'll get a hang of it.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

Were you hoping for platformers? VR is built for first-person games, it's only natural that would include first-person-shooters.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

..........there's goin to be shooters wherever you go, just don't buy them.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

I don't think they have announced it for Xbox One or Wii U. You were misinformed.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@MrFreehuggs For a few years I've now realized that the meaning of "new" when it comes to games is tricky. It can mean original and never-done-before (which is what I think of), but it can also mean a remake/reimagining, a new entry in an established IP and/or something that feels very old and rehashed. As you can see, it's not easy to know which meaning people refer to and nowhere in this article does it imply that new = original. Since we have no old VR experiences, unless you count the 80's and different arcade one-shots, I thought it was incorrect to use the word new in this context.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@MrFreehuggs  Actually there is an exclusive VR platformer called Luckys Tale so no it isn't just for first person even if it is the norm.

ccusick
ccusick

@daikkenaurora12 @hoyholyhoy  But refried beans don't even look like they were fried once. 


At least twice cooked pork is clearly once-cooked...

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Also, this logo is a bit to similar to Rockstar's.  I suggest rethinking that one.