Friday, August 16, 2013
Good news - Techland opens a new studio full of ex-Radical talent.
Techland, of the deliriously fun Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide and the upcoming Hellraid and Dying Light, announced today that they're opening a new studio in Canada, just outside of (development mecca) Vancouver.
The studio is currently assisting on Dying Light, but that's not the best part. The best part is it's being headed up by Marcin Chady, who was a technical director at Radical Entertainment, and we're told the new studio is chock-full of folks from that venerable studio.
Radical Entertainment, you should remember, are the folds who made the sublime Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for the PS2, GameCube and original Xbox before they were folded in to Activision, who had them crank the visuals and pare back the depth on that game's spiritual sequels, Prototype and Prototype 2. Prototype 2 had a very big budget and a lot of advertising dollars poured into it, and didn't perform quite up to Acti-Blizz's hopes - so you know where this is going.
Last summer, word broke that Radical had been hit with major layoffs and was effectively closed - which ended up being not quite true, but a lot of that studio's talent has indeed left the building. It's great to hear the folks behind some of the funnest games of the past decade still have a place in the industry, and I can't wait to see what the new dev house - named Digital Scapes Studios - will offer us in the future.