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.
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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.
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.