Two developers who have worked on projects like Titanfall and Apex Legends are establishing their own studio. Today, Drew McCoy and Jon Shiring announced their new studio Gravity Well, with the goal of "making games that the team actually wants to play after work."
McCoy and Shiring have worked together on several of Respawn's projects, including Titanfall 1, 2, and Apex Legends. Shiring also worked on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and its sequel, developing its net code, servers, and online services.
The pair are looking to shake up AAA game development, according to the studio's site. According to McCoy, Gravity Well will be "anti-crunch" and have good compensation, as well as creative freedom. Shiring focuses in on the smaller studio size, as the team is looking to build for 80-85 people at peak.
"We aren't satisfied with the low level of creative risk that gets project funding these days," said Shiring. "We want to explore bold new ideas exclusively for next-gen hardware and PCs."
What that could be isn't certain yet, as the studio is in the process of staffing up amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Shiring notes that the studio is starting with remote work from the outset; "We want to hire the best talent in the industry, regardless of where you live.
The pair do have a history in the FPS, from early efforts all the way to Titanfall 2's excellent campaign and Apex Legends, which has its fifth season launching this week. They definitely know what a good FPS looks like. It'll be exciting to see what they do now that they've struck out on their own.