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New EA Studio Dedicated to Open World Action-Adventure Will Be Led By Former Monolith Studio Head

EA has employed ex-Monolith (Shadow of Mordor) vp Kevin Stephens to head a brand new studio centered on an open-world action-adventure sport, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

Stephens labored as head of Monolith Productions for somewhat over eight years, after a five-year stint as vp of improvement at WB Games, and a decade on the engineering crew at Monolith earlier than that.The Seattle-based studio, presently unnamed, will doubtlessly enable distant staff to complement in-house workers.

“We’re nonetheless determining plenty of foundational questions,” says Samantha Ryan, EA senior vp and group basic supervisor. Ryan was beforehand president at Monolith Productions, working with Stephens there and at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment within the late 90’s. “How huge? What video games? How quick to develop? Kevin and I each know the way essential it’s to get the foundations of any studio ‘proper’ and he’ll take his time to determine all of it out. When you rush, you do not give your self time to be considerate. Why rush?”

Stephens’ credit embrace engineering work on F.E.A.R., Condemned, plus the Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War video games.

Ryan declined to say whether or not the brand new studio will work on a beforehand established IP or a brand new one, GamesIndustry studies.

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It’s one other transfer in EA’s current (and rising) listing of acquisitions and new partnerships. In the previous few months, EA has bought Super Mega Baseball developer Metalhead Software, DiRT and Project Cars developer Codemasters, and Glu Mobile, the latter of which value a cool $2.1 billion.

EA reportedly plans to share extra particulars in regards to the new studio this fall, GI.biz says.

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