Count on extra information this fall.
Kenneth Stephens oversaw WB Video games’ Monolith through the improvement of each Center-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Center-earth: Shadow of Battle. Now, he’s headed to a brand new, as-yet unnamed studio at EA, which can concentrate on growing open world motion journey video games. The brand new studio will probably be based mostly in Seattle, however might provide alternatives for distant work.
The transfer may even reunite Stephens with EA senior VP and group GM Samantha Ryan. The 2 labored collectively when Ryan was president of Monolith and later SVP of manufacturing and improvement at Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure.
“The action-adventure area is a vastly essential style in our trade, and to us at EA,” Ryan instructed GamesIndustry.biz. “Gamers and followers of these video games are so passionate and it’s additionally one in every of my private favourite genres. We’ve additionally lately had success with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and we might like to entertain extra followers with related pursuits.”
Ryan wouldn’t say whether or not the brand new studio can be growing a brand new IP or engaged on an current model or franchise. “We’re nonetheless determining numerous foundational questions,” Ryan says. “How huge? What video games? How briskly to develop? Kevin and I each understand how essential it’s to get the foundations of any studio ‘proper’ and he’ll take his time to determine all of it out. Once you rush, you don’t give your self time to be considerate. Why rush?”
EA plans to disclose extra details about the brand new studio within the fall.