There are many of us game lovers that adore multiplayer, indie, or simulation games a lot, but consider open-world titles our staples. I don't remember 1% of the Overwatch games I've played, though I love it; but I can remember every city in Skyrim like the back of my hand. So, I'm happy to hear that EA has created a new studio focused on open-world adventure games.
As reported by GamesIndustry.Biz, EA has given Kevin Stephens - who oversaw production of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War - his own studio to focus on new open-world games. He will be joined by Samantha Ryan, who worked with Stephens at Monolith Productions (makers of said Middle-earth games), to build this studio.
EA has most recently been focusing on Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which has seen a lot of success. See the impressive effects of the remaster below...
The team is yet to announce a name for itself, but the original report from GI.Biz has an interview with EA chief studios officer Laura Miele and Samantha Ryan to celebrate the opening. Miele comments that Kevin is known for his open-world games, which will be the focus of this studio. She says: "Kevin is an exceptionally talented game developer leader and we look forward to supporting him while he builds his team. As someone known for his open-world action-adventure games, we know players will be eagerly awaiting more details on this new studio and its projects."
Ryan goes on to explain that EA really values the "action-adventure space" right now, especially as it's had major critical and commercial successes with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order as well as the newly released remaster of Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
The studio has not yet released any information on what they will be working on in terms of existing or new IP, nor the scope of the games it will be producing - it is currently in the development phases of building the team. But we'll be watching out for the company's projects once it's ready to release information about what it wants to achieve in the games space.
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