Former Arkane Founder and Producer Team Up to Form New Studio

Former Arkane Founder and Producer Team Up to Form New Studio

And you won't have to wait long to see what they're working on.

Two former Arkane Studios developers will be debuting their next project very soon. Founder Raphael Colantonio and former executive producer Julien Roby announced the opening of WolfEye Studios today, and they'll be showing off their first project at The Game Awards 2019.

In a press release, the team says it aims to create games that "respond to actions and decisions in ways that are unique to each playthrough." The studio also put out a teaser image, seen above, but we'll have to wait for December's The Game Awards to hear more.

As founder, Colantonio oversaw Arkane Studios' development from games like Arx Fatalis up to Dishonored and Prey. He left in 2017 to reflect on his future, and it looks like his two or so years away have led him back to working with another former Arkane vet. Roby had 12 years of experience at Arkane as well, producing Dishonored and other games at Arkane.

In an interview with GamesIndustryBiz, the pair discussed their interesting studio set-up. The team is all distributed, meaning they work remote, and they plan to stay that way for at least the foreseeable future. They're also looking to keep the company small and avoid too much focus on visual fidelity over gameplay.

"We're huge fans of great art direction, compelling worlds, interesting stories, but there's a distinction to be made between art direction and graphics," Colantonio tells GIBiz. "We all remember games with very powerful art direction. We don't remember any game with powerful graphics, unless it had both."

The Game Awards 2019 will air on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. PT on streaming platforms like Twitch. Check out the list of nominees here.

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