Just Cause Dev Moving Into a New Office Space, Teases "Surprises" for 2015

Avalanche Studios reveals plans for 32,000 square foot office located in Stockholm close to where its current space is.

Rendering of Avalanche's new office in Stockholm

After spending more than a decade in its current location in Sweden, Just Cause and Mad Max developer Avalanche Studios today announced plans to move to a bigger, more modern office.

In partnership with Swedish architecture firm Studio Stockholm, Avalanche Studios said today that work has begun on a new, 32,000 square foot office space that is located just two blocks from where the company's current office is. The new office will have "greatly increased studio space" and "state-of-the-art" amenities for the company's 160 employees.

"While we are moving to a brand new space, it's important for us to remain in the hotbed of game development talent that is central Stockholm" -- Avalanche COO Fredrik Sjöö

Avalanche also notes that its new office space will be environmentally conscious, and is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification for its energy efficiency and low environmental impact. The company plans to move in in the fall of 2015 and has signed a five-year lease.

COO Fredrik Sjöö said in a statement that it was critical for Avalanche to remain Stockholm. "While we are moving to a brand new space, it's important for us to remain in the hotbed of game development talent that is central Stockholm," he said.

Studio Stockholm partner Marco Checchi said his company is designing Avalanche's new office space to represent the company's "distinct outward attitude and "warm and welcoming working atmosphere." He said, "We intend to manifest that duality in a physical space."

Avalanche also has an 18,000 square foot office in New York City's SoHo district, where 90 people come to work every day.

The company says 2015 is going to be the biggest year in its history, though Avalanche only has one planned new release: Mad Max for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Avalanche also runs free-to-play hunting game The Hunter, and more than 4 million people have signed up for the game, the company says. Finally, Avalanche teases that it has "several surprises planned for next year." Could one of these be the company's long-rumored Just Cause 3 or its comic book game?

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11 comments
mattcake
mattcake

Ooh I love surprises! Is it a new bike?

hystavito
hystavito

I really don't know how these deals usually work, especially in Sweden, but for this kind of situation a 5yr lease sounds quite short.  Is that normal?


Mad Max game, I am a huge fan but I'm expecting the game to just be a very typical 3rd person action game with few gameplay elements that fit with the usual Mad Max stuff.

Gankstar_VX84
Gankstar_VX84

just cause were god awful hopefully they don't fk max up.

grenadehh
grenadehh

They finally got to stage 3 in Game DevTycoon.

ncifuentes
ncifuentes

That's a pretty cool looking building. good for them.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

Hope they make a game where the main character can do more than jump, shoot and drive. What a bloody limited skill set JC2 had, I was so upset that I couldn't climb over things like in most open world games, couldn't do much but shoot and whip folks...I stopped playing the game before getting too far as it just bored me to tears and such a vast island to explore and zero multiplayer or co-op. Wasted opportunity, the next game needs to capitalize on everything all open world games have used, just do it better and cohesively. Well since this is just a house warming, I'm bringing the beer!

ExoticCharm
ExoticCharm

Can we make it a rule that no more topics can have the term "Just Cause developers" unless it's an announcement of Just Cause 3?  Every one of these articles just gets my hopes up for nothing even when I know it won't be about a new game.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I hope we get an announcement of Just Cause 3 some time soon.

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

While I like the idea of a Mad Max game, I rather hear about Just Cause 3 in 2015!