Christofer Sundberg, the founder of Avalanche Studios and former Chief Creative Officer, has announced the formation of a new studio: Liquid Swords. An industry veteran and the creator of the Just Cause franchise, Sundberg's new studio is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be focused on open world action, explosions, and shareable experiences. The focus is on next-generation consoles, streaming platforms, and PC.
“The games we create at Liquid Swords are focused on high action and giant spectacle. After living and breathing the Just Cause franchise from the day I started Avalanche Studios to the eventual sale of the company, I am excited to come back and create spectacular experiences for players to explore, share and enjoy. We have no intention of reshaping the world of storytelling as we know it. Our road to leaving our mark and making a difference in the industry is built first and foremost on games that are immediately accessible and consistently rewarding. I have loved player freedom and creativity ever since I first started making games and with Liquid Swords, I am confident we’ll provide the go-to games for fun entertainment for decades to come.”
The "eventual sale of the company" occurred in 2018 when Avalanche Studios was wholly acquired by Nordisk Film for $114 million. Sundberg left sometime later, and took a year away from the industry.
Liquid Swords' Stockholm headquarters will be the foundation for multiple studios around the world as they begin work on creating new games. Liquid Swords' other founding partners, studio locations, and technology will be announced in 2021. Interestingly, a location for one of their studios seems to be New York, because if you go on their website and check the source you will find these two quotes:
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If you're curious and want to keep track of what Liquid Swords is doing, be sure to follow their website here. It's just a splash page for now, but presumably, the website will be updated sooner or later. You can also follow their Facebook page here.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited to see what Liquid Swords can do? What names come to mind for a Just Cause type of experience? Let us know in the comments!