Jeff Strain, founder of Undead Labs (developer of State of Decay) has opened a new game development studio in New Orleans called Possibility Space.
This information first appeared through the article IGN. If you are interested in the current state of the video game industry, you can check out our other articles at Gamedaim News.
Possibility Space, New Studio from Former Undead Labs Founder
The New Orlands-based studio will be a distributed team. What this means is that employees can work from anywhere and the studio aims to make AAA games.
“The AAA phrase has a lot of weight on the development community,” Strain told IGN. “So that’s not a phrase I want to use. This often implies a lack of innovation. As a result, developers usually don’t see AAA as a positive thing.”
Strain adds, “But are we going to make small-scale, purely innovation-based efforts to capture a niche market or do we have big ambitious goals and the resources to match those big ambitious goals? I can tell you it was the last one.”
Strain said the move was partly due to the need for “some creative updates” but was primarily family motivated. “I’ve reached a point where my family needs me,” Strain said. “And my wife’s family needs it too. There are many forces around that pull us back.”
Proud of Undead Labs Achievements
Strain is also very proud of the games he and his team made at Undead Labs. “State of Decay is still on its way to achieving its ultimate vision, ”said Strain. He refers to State of Decay 3 and he had nothing but kind words for Microsoft when he left Undead Labs.
“If you look at the way they manage and handle the studios they’ve acquired over the last 5 years versus 10 years ago or 15 years ago, there’s a huge difference,” Strain said.
“They have done a good job of recognizing that cultural diversity of development is a strength and not a weakness, and they are also supporting and pushing it as far as they can. They have done a great job of protecting the thriving culture of all development studios. That’s why, in general, I think people enjoy working there.”
Karyawan Possibility Space
Bergabung dengan Jeff Strain di Possibility Space adalah Jane Ng (Campo Santo, Valve), Austin Walker (Waypoint Media, Friends at the Table Podcast), Liz England (Ubisoft, Warner Bros.), Richard Foge (Undead Labs, Probably Monsters), Brandon Dillon (Oculus, Double Fine), Leah Rivera (Undead Labs, ArenaNet), Brian Jennings (NZXR, Magic Leap), Charles Randall (Ubisoft, BioWare), dan Erica Tam (Electronic Arts, Oculus).
Some of the Possibility Space employees will work in New Orleans, but most won’t. “Pandemics accelerate many existing trends,” Strain said. “The fact is it’s completely possible to work wherever you want to work and live wherever you want to live. I think most employees like freedom.”
Strain adds, “Most game studios have demonstrated that you can continue to develop great games in a distributed manner. For me, the opportunity here is, ‘Let’s lean towards a fully distributed studio’. It’s about your culture. Let’s embrace it and gain access to a global talent pool.”