Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced the foundation of a brand new studio named Crystal Northwest.This new studio set in Bellevue, Washington will work on technology, tool and future games, while also providing assistance for the making of the Avengers Project.
“Dedicated initially to technology development, it delivers even more expertise to the highly-anticipated Avengers Project. Led by 20-year industry veterans Chad Queen and James Loe, the new studio bolsters the development of future games, tools, and technology,” said the two in a press release.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only new at Crystal Dynamics for now. The developer has indeed announced a brand new wave of hires, that lets the Redwood Shores team become much bigger and top level when it comes to quality.
Among the new staffers, we can find Vincent Napoli, the new Lead Combat Designer at Crystal Dynamics who was most recently on the latest God of War, plus Ben Wanat, an 18-year industry veteran and an original co-founder of the Dead Space franchise, who led the development of Dead Space 3 as Creative Director.
Joining them is David Fifield, who sports 20 years of experience as Executive Producer and Design Director at 343 Industries on Halo, as well as Game Director at Raven Software on numerous Call of Duty titles.
The Avengers Project has yet to be revealed, but it was rumored to be a Marvel: Avengers Alliance reboot as a co-op based service game in the likes of Destiny and The Division.