The company yesterday 2K has announced a new name for its in-house studio formerly known as 2K Silicon Valley – from now on it will be called 31st Union. Newborn studio founder Michael Condrey (formerly at Sledgehammer Games and Visceral Games) said:
31st Union is ready, thanks to an extremely talented team, for an incredible start with ambition and inspired original IP, which we are all extremely excited about.
In July there were alsoMichael Chu, a former lead writer for Overwatch, has joined the studio’s ranks., The famous online shooter from Activision Blizzard, which in a Send on the company’s website states:
I couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity, to collaborate with such a talented and oriented group, both creatively and organically, to represent inclusive values in their games. [legati alla maggior rappresentatività ed inclusione sociale] .
Chu, who left Blizzard after 20 years of honorable career, is therefore came on board as Narrative Director. This opens the debate on what kind of game this new and mysterious IP that the study is developing can be, given that no official news has been published yet. According to old press releases, the title should have been released last year, but clearly the company’s plans have changed in the wake of the global pandemic that has forced a large number of studios to change their editorial and communication strategies.
Some snippets of information can be gleaned by reading vacancy announcements within the studio: for example, we know that the senior engine programmer must be comfortable with a AAA productionand must have knowledge of PS4, Xbox One, iOS and Android development kits; Familiarity with is also required Unreal Engine 4, which suggests that this (or its recent evolution) will be the engine used for the development of the game.
In any case, it only remains to wait with confidence: it is likely that we will know more throughout the year.
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