Crystal Dynamics - the studio that helped reboot the Tomb Raider franchise with the 2013 game and its sequel (as well as games in the series before that) - is expanding with additions to its headquarters at Redwood Shores, and a new studio called Crystal Northwest has also been created in Bellevue, Washington, as Square Enix has revealed.
The new studio is up and running already, and it's dedicated first of all to "technology development" to help with the upcoming Avengers project. Industry veterans Chad Queen and James Loe are leading the studio, and what's more is that the additions to the Redwood Shores headquarters include new Lead Combat Designer Vincent Napoli, who recently worked on the new God of War; Ben Wanat, co-founder of the Dead Space franchise; and David Fifield, who used to be Executive Producer and Design Director at 343 Industries.
"We're aggressively scaling up our teams and adding a new studio with spectacular talent to deliver the ultimate gaming experiences for our players," said Scot Amos, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. "We have assembled a team of industry veterans and leaders in order to create gaming experiences that surpass the expectations of our passionate community."
"Our new studio in Bellevue, and the new hires in Redwood Shores, represent our continued commitment to the most ambitious project we've ever created," added Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. "We'll keep building on the exciting growth Crystal Dynamics has experienced over the last several years, and are eager to deliver a world-class Avengers experience for fans around the world."
Are you excited to see what these teams can produce together?