Jade Raymond has introduced the formation of an unbiased studio known as Haven, and it already has its first challenge booked: a brand new, authentic IP for PlayStation platforms. The brand new studio relies in Montreal, and its challenge is backed by Sony Interactive Leisure.
Raymond revealed the announcement on the PlayStation Blog. Whereas it is largely dedicated to her new studio’s outlook and philosophy, she does point out that Sony’s “dedication to excellence is unmatched” and that the sport has “their backing and assist.” The weblog was additionally addressed particularly on the PlayStation group, suggesting the brand new IP will likely be some type of unique.
“We wish to create worlds the place gamers can escape, have enjoyable, specific themselves, and discover group,” Raymond stated. “We wish to pour our ardour right into a challenge. We wish to make one thing wondrous for individuals to expertise. As a result of we consider within the energy of video games to convey pleasure to individuals’s lives.” She additionally stated the studio is called after her outlook that video games are a haven for gamers.
The weblog additionally famous that it has been a “unusual and tough” 12 months, as a result of pandemic, social injustice, and job elimination. That sparked self-reflection and questions of whether or not she wished to be concerned in sport improvement, and she or he concluded that that is nonetheless essential for her.
The purpose about job elimination could hit near dwelling, as a result of Raymond was just lately impacted herself. She had been connected to Google’s formidable Stadia studios initiative, however the firm just lately shut that down entirely. It wished her the very best of luck, however we by no means noticed what her staff was planning for Stadia-exclusive video games.
Raymond has been concerned in some large franchises like Murderer’s Creed, and for some time was connected to EA for a Star Wars game. That is the most recent in her large strikes, although this time it is her personal unbiased studio as a substitute of being inside an current main writer.