A gaggle of former EA DICE workers have established new sport developer Wayfinder Video games.
Per a latest report from GamesIndustry, the studio was quietly shaped in 2020 by Dennis Brännvall and his accomplice Fia Tjernberg, and their pals, Manne Ederyd and Adam Clark. All 4 share credit on video games reminiscent of Star Wars Battlefront II and Battlefield V.
Even one in every of their funding companions is DICE alumni: investor Behold Ventures was based by ex-general supervisor Karl Troedsson and former government producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir.
The 4 bonded over enjoying tabletop RPGs whereas on the Swedish studio, and had a need to get away from shooters. Brännvall acknowledged that DICE would “endlessly make shooters,” and stated Wayfinder’s first challenge could be an RPG.
“Everybody was like, ‘We might make RPGs as a result of that is what we love, that is what we grew up with, that is what we play.’ So that is what we wished to do,” he acknowledged. “We wish to construct the following nice RPG studio in Northern Europe.”
Tjernberg added that they felt as if the RPG style has extra fertile floor for innovation in the mean time, saying that “we’ll take a look at issues and we’ll fail rather a lot and we have to be taught from these failures and construct one thing that is nice out of that.”
Impressed by their shared love of TTRPGs, Wayfinder’s founders stated the studio’s first sport will likely be a web based fantasy RPG with non-public servers. Each Tjernberg and Brännvall each stated that their unannounced challenge will draw from the founders’ shared time on stay service video games.
Nevertheless, the duo additionally stated they’re aiming to maintain their studio dimension small, at round 30 workers. Brännvall recalled the 100-person workers on Star Wars Battlefront 2015 and stated it will be preferable to have a smaller group to keep away from the challenge turning into a logistical nightmare.
“We have achieved the pyramid of managers and all of these issues and also you in a short time get away from touching the software program and speaking to the individuals writing the code […] We wished to attempt doing it with out that,” he stated. “With about 30, we will make do with a single line of producers and us as leaders, then everybody who’s engaged on the sport.”
For extra info on Wayfinder Video games, together with its work schedule and plans for its debut title, you possibly can learn GamesIndustry’s report here.