Mike Laidlaw, the artistic director of the Dragon Age collection, has joined forces with three former Ubisoft builders to kind Yellow Brick Games, a new recreation growth studio based mostly in Quebec City. Laidlaw introduced the new studio at the moment on Twitter.
Yellow Brick Games’ founders additionally embrace Frederic St-Laurent B., Jeff Skalski, and Thomas Giroux, all of whom have labored for Ubisoft on video games just like the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs collection. Giroux will function Yellow Brick’s CEO, with Laidlaw listed as chief artistic officer, and St-Laurent B. working as recreation director. GamesIndustry.biz reports the studio has 15 whole staff, and Laidlaw explained via Twitter that he expects the variety of builders on the studio to develop.
According to its official website, Yellow Brick Games has been constructed round the concept that “emergent systems create rich, interactive worlds” and that it’s vital for workers to keep up a wholesome work/life stability, since “we believe fulfilled team members deliver the best content.” In different phrases, the studio is successfully writing a ban on ‘crunch’ into its structure.
Laidlaw spent a little over a 12 months at Ubisoft following his 2017 departure from BioWare, a studio he’d joined in 2003 to behave because the lead story developer for Jade Empire. Since leaving, he’s additionally consulted on the event of The Waylanders, an unofficial non secular successor to Dragon Age: Origins that’s at present in Early Access.
Really delighted to announce I’ve been working with a actually nice crew right here in Quebec City to assist create Yellow Brick Games.https://t.co/op33W8nsij
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) November 23, 2020
Yellow Brick Games has not but introduced its first challenge, and it might be a while earlier than the studio’s able to make something public. We’ll be keen to search out out what they’re as much as.