Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs is to expand its operations, creating two new studios in Montreal and Los Angeles. As part of this expansion, Phoenix Labs has confirmed that it's working on new games in addition to supporting Dauntless.
What do we know about Phoenix Labs' new games?
With the assistance of these two new studios, Phoenix Labs says it's hoping to reach 250 employees across all of its operations by the end of 2021. These employees, the studio says, will "support new game prototypes across studios" while also continuing to keep Dauntless expanding. While we don't know a huge amount about the new projects yet, we do have an idea as to who's working on them.
In Montreal, the new Phoenix Labs team will be headed up by Ubisoft veteran André Roy, with support from talent manager Marie-Andrée Lavoie and technology head Guillaume Roy. Over in LA, product director Omar Kendall will head up the team, with Phoenix Labs' Jing Wang serving as general manager. Kendall is a Riot Games veteran who's worked on titles like League of Legends.
Will Phoenix Labs continue to support Dauntless?
Phoenix Labs has assured fans that it will indeed continue to work on Dauntless and develop new content. Tomorrow, content update Dauntless Reforged is coming, bringing new gameplay systems, progression, and story elements to Dauntless, as well as what Phoenix Labs is calling "next-generation capabilities" on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Here's a quick taste of what you can expect from Reforged when it drops on December 3rd:
- Hunting Grounds - a brand new hunting experience with 18 islands to explore, treasures to discover, and Behemoths to slay
- Slayer's Path - a new progression system with branches allowing you to determine your playstyle
- Reforge - a new upgrade system that lets you unlock passive bonuses on weapons and supercharge certain items
- Gliders - a new traversal tool allowing you to soar through the skies in the Hunting Grounds
Update 8:33pm EST: The article originally erroneously stated that Omar Kendall worked on Legends of Runeterra, a card-based spinoff of League of Legends. This has been removed from the story above.
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