Avalanche expands with New York-based studio

Swedish Avalanche Studios, creator of open-world mayhem Just Cause, is expanding and opening up a new studio in the unlikeliest of places; New York. The studio will be headed by former Activision/Atari executive David Grijns and will focus on the development of large-scale original IPs ready for online play for next-gen consoles (PS4, Xbox 720, Wii U?), handhelds and PC. It will be recruiting up 50 staff members during the initial two years and plans to ship the first game out of its doors by 2014, which will be directed by former creative director at Mindspark Interactive, Roland Lesterlin.

“New York provides us with a diverse talent pool from which to create our next big console title,” said Avalanche Studios head Christofer Sundberg. “It doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be the greatest city on earth.”

Added Sundberg, “David is a great addition to Avalanche Studios and brings more than 15 years of experience in production, publishing and business development to our management team. Most importantly, David’s passion and commitment to creating groundbreaking games further enhances Avalanche’s standing amongst the best development studios in the world.”

“It is an honor to work with Christofer and the incredibly talented team at Avalanche. This is the culmination of a shared and long-held dream,” responded Grijns. “Today we are officially putting New York on the game development map.”