Just Cause developer setting up new, AAA-focused shop in Big Apple; original project for next-gen platforms due in 2014.
The Big Apple may have lost a developer this week with THQ's closure of Kaos Studios, but it's getting one right back, courtesy of Avalanche Studios. Today, the Just Cause developer said that it plans to open a new studio in New York City this fall, aimed at creating new big-budget games.
Avalanche's new studio will focus on creating "large-scale, online-enabled original [intellectual property] for next-generation consoles, handhelds and PC." The Sweden-based company plans to staff the new studio with up to 50 developers within its first two years of operation.
Of note, Avalanche is targeting the studio's first game for "next-generation platforms." Former Mindspark Interactive creative director Roland Lesterlin will fill the director's chair on the project, which is due for release in 2014.
Heading up the new studio will be David Grijns, who has previously filled executive-level roles at Activision and Atari. Avalanche also noted that it is lending a team of senior staff from the studio's Stockholm headquarters to its new New York operations.
Just Cause 2 was a great game. But I think there was a missed opportunity with the DLC. Lots of missed opportunities, actually. They could've done so much with that huge world, but instead they just released weapon and vehicle DLC.
Please give me JC3 and this time with the ability to destroy buildings. Just Cause 2 was amazing BUT DAMMIT I WANT TO BLOW MORE **** UP!
Well Gd News that Avalanche not working with edios or sqaureenix anymore since they opening big studio on there own and gd news that they makeing new games for next gen only for PS4, Xbox760 and Pc. Bad News Edios lost Avalanche but they still have OI Invterative and SqreaureEnix.
For some reason I thought New York was gonna get hit by an avalanche literally. It's funny because if I stopped & thought for one second I'd realize how that isn't even plausible. :P
Wow, Just Cause 2 looked fantastic on the current getn consoles. The draw distances were mindblowing. Just imagine a next gen Just Cause.....wow.
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