Private Divison Introduces Some New Teammates
Some good news for the Australian games scene today as one of the country’s most prominent studios, along with two other independent developers announce partnerships with publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., who are known for huge titles like Kerbal Space Program, The Outer Worlds, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, and Disintegration.
The three studios involved – League of Geeks (LoG), Moon Studios and Roll7 – are all in the early development stages of new titles, but all are excited for the growth that these agreements with Take-Two Interactive will bring to their studios. Blake Mizzi, co-founder and director at LoG, explains that the partnership “provides the opportunity for us to grow our studio alongside our ambitions to create something beyond anything we’ve developed before,” a sentiment echoed by Roll7’s chief creative officer John Ribbins, who says the studio is “raising the bar on our creativity and the scope of our ambition to make this next project our best thing yet.”
Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol, co-founders of Moon Studios, are fresh off development of the acclaimed Ori series, but are excited to take the next step, stating that they are “aiming sights higher” for a new action RPG. “We attribute our success to the ‘iterative polish’ process we use at Moon Studios, and we’re continuing that style of development to create a new game that rises above anything we’ve created thus far.”
While the first of these titles is unlikely to be released until 2022, the unique approaches of all studios involved mean that they will be worth the wait. “It’s equally important for us to build games with heart that can rally and foster a dedicated community of players, as it is to develop games that are critical, cultural, and commercial successes,” says LoG’s Mizzi.
Michael Worosz, executive vice president and head of Private Division, says that the company is “thrilled to work alongside these experienced developers to provide them with the support needed to propel their creative visions to the next level” and states that the partnership will “enhance Private Division’s roster with more of the game industry’s best creative talent from around the world”.
We look forward to seeing what comes out of this partnership!
Jess is a writer and researcher who loves games with good puzzles, good stories, and a tendency to punch you straight in your feelings. She is one of the directors of not-for-profit organisation Queerly Represent Me and is particularly interested in games told from unique perspectives that highlight themes or characters from groups that are often underrepresented. She also just really loves coffee, hot chips, and terrible superhero TV shows, and is always secretly hoping that one day the world will give her a good Sherlock Holmes game.