EA’s recently shuttered Melbourne-based Visceral Games branch has spawned a new studio.
As Kotaku Australia scribbles, EA offered game designer Gerry Sakkas the chance to relocate to the US and continue working for the giant, though Sakkas decided to band together some of his former Visceral colleagues and form PlaySide, a new mobile games studio, instead.
“The goal was to create a studio with people who were accustomed to aiming for AAA quality, take that talent, and tailor it to a mobile audience,” says Sakkas, now CEO of Playside.
“We believe our studio has something really special in the sense that we can create quality assets, characters, design and stories for any platform.”
The studio is founded by Sakkas himself, plus Aaron Pasias, and Mark Goulopoulos.
“The mobile space has always been a love of mine and, although some studios are doing it right, there are many that have got it terribly wrong,” Sakkas continues. “Some of the larger studios have simply taken their hit titles and slapped them onto a mobile platform, however this is not what mobile consumers want and it is the complete opposite of what we are setting out to do.
“We are all about making a completely tailored experience for the mobile platform, with the added quality and polish of a console game. Our biggest goals are to create unique and loveable characters and to make a real impact on the mobile games industry.”
PlaySide will begin work on their first project early next year. “The studio is ready to go but I think the old EA staff deserve a well-earned Christmas break first!”