Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios seem to be doing pretty well off of the success of Just Cause 2 and digital hit Renegade Ops; the team recently opened up a second office based in New York. The area takes up 10,000 square foot space in Manhattan’s SoHo district.
And to fill it up the studio has hired veterans from Insomniac, Sucker Punch, BioWare, Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Quebec, Volition, EA Vancouver, Kaos, Turbine, Bethesda, Sony Online and DreamWorks Animation as well as moved over several staff members from its Stockholm headquaters. A further 50 staff are to be hired by the end of the year.
The new studio is currently at work on Project Mamba, which is aiming for a 2014 release on PC and consoles. It will used the latest iteration of the Avalanche engine.
“When we established the Avalanche Studios New York operation, we heard many concerns about our ability to recruit a world-class team to our new studio. Today we put those doubts to rest with the successful recruitment of some the most experienced and talented staff in the videogames industry. We couldn’t be happier welcoming our new colleagues to the Avalanche family, which now stands at 170 strong with multiple projects in development,” said studio founder and Executive Producer Christofer Sundberg. “We look forward to lifting the veil of secrecy on some of our new projects in 2012.”
Perhaps we’ll be seeing a Just Cause 3 as the year goes on, then.