Room 8 Launches New Independent Development Studio

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Room 8 Launches New Independent Development Studio

March 1, 2019

By: Ashley Turner

 
 

Room 8 Group has announced that they are launching a separate independent development studio called Dragon’s Lake Entertainment. The studio is currently set to focus on major console and PC game creation and partnerships.

Dragons Lake Entertainment will operate independently, with provisional backing and support from Room 8. It is based in Limassol, Cyprus, with production teams in Kyiv, Ukraine, and California.

The studio has already completed various undisclosed projects that Dragon’s Lake will announce the status of in the near future.

Dragon’s Lake has over 35 employees currently working for the company, with plans to double that number by the end of next year. There are a number of noteworthy hires including:

 
 
  • CCO Eric Simonich, who was a creative director at 2K and publishing design director at Microsoft Game Studios. He also held positions at Sony Computer Entertainment, Remedy Entertainment, Crystal Dynamics and others.
  • Executive Producer Luke Stafford, who worked as a producer on Warface and lead level designer on Crysis Wars at Crytek, and was the chief level designer for Operation Flashpoint 2 and DiRT at Codemasters.
  • Tech Lead Sergii Biloshytskyi, who has worked on programming for Just Cause 3 at Avalanche Studios, and on The DivisionAssassin's Creed: Revelations and others for Ubisoft.
Room 8 CEO Sviatoslav Pohrebbnoi spoke to GamesIndustry.biz about the recent company-wide developments.
"Within the previous eight years, Room 8 Studio has managed to build a good reputation in mainly mobile co-development and PC and Console art production areas that led to 80% average growth rate during the previous four years and opened the window of opportunity to support its partners on a very different production and creative side.

"We have learned with years that excellence requires focus, and it was a no-brainer for us that PC and Console market requires a totally separate leadership team with its own culture and freedom to operate in their manner. So, finding proper leadership with an impressive track record has made it possible to launch an independent studio focused exclusively on PC and Console game co-development."

Correction: The original version of this story listed Luke Stafford as the Tech Lead and had mistaken what he and Sergii had worked on. This information about them has been corrected in the story above.

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