Private Division, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., has announced that they have signed publishing agreements with independent developers Moon Studios, League of Geeks, and Roll7.
“Our partnerships with Moon Studios, League of Geeks, and Roll7 continue to enhance Private Division’s roster with more of the game industry’s best creative talent from around the world,” said Michael Worosz, executive vice president and head of Private Division. “We are thrilled to work alongside these experienced developers to provide them with the support needed to propel their creative visions to the next level.”
Moon Studios is a BAFTA award-winning studio and is best known for their work on the Ori series, which at the moment comprises of Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. In their deal with Private Division, they will be working on a new action RPG.
“Developing the Ori series over the last decade has been a fantastic experience for our team, and we’re thrilled to now be aiming our sights even higher with a new action RPG,” said Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol, co-founders of Moon Studios. “We attribute our success to the ‘iterative polish’ process we use at Moon Studios, and we’re continuing that style of development to create a new game that rises above anything we’ve created thus far.”
League of Geeks are the developers of the digital board game Armello, which has seen some success since their launch in September 2015. They are looking to develop an "ambitious, new video game and intellectual property with Private Division."
“It’s equally important for us to build games with heart that can rally and foster a dedicated community of players, as it is to develop games that are critical, cultural, and commercial successes,” said Blake Mizzi, co-founder and director at League of Geeks. “This partnership provides the opportunity for us to grow our studio alongside our ambitions to create something beyond anything we’ve developed before.”
Roll7 is also a BAFTA-winning studio and has created the OlliOlli series, NOT A HERO, and Laser League. They are working with Private Division to create "awesome, flow state games", which shouldn't be much a surprise considering their catalogue.
"Our titles resonate with players because we strive for super solid game feel, highly refined gameplay, and simple but highly masterable mechanics," said John Ribbins, chief creative officer at Roll7. “We're really excited to be working with Private Division on our next title and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on it. We're raising the bar on our creativity and the scope of our ambition to make this next project our best thing yet.”
There are no release dates for any of the three announced games as of yet, although the first game is expected to release sometime in 2022. That's quite a ways away, so we'll have to sit tight and wait a bit before we find out anything else about these new titles.
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