Electronic Arts has announced a publishing agreement with independent game developer Velan Studios to publish the studio’s first original IP for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and smartphones under the EA Partners label.
Velan Studios was established in 2016 by Vicarious Visions founders Guha and Karthik Bala, and consists of talent that worked on Guitar Hero, Skylanders, Rock Band, Super Mario Maker, Metroid Prime, Destiny, Uncharted, and more. Its first original IP promises to introduce a “unique game world” and “pioneer an entirely new and entertaining way to experience team-based action.” The studio will double its current development team by the end of the year by adding 40 new jobs to work on the game.
Find comments from Electronic Arts and Velan Studios below.
Guha Bala, President and Co-Founder of Velan Studios
“In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere. They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game. We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future.”
Karthik Bala, President and Co-Founder of Velan Studios
“Exploring the boundaries of play with new technology and play patterns is what makes us tick. Our plan was always simple: build an awesome team, find the magic in something new that the team was passionate about and then enable their success. We are looking forward to introducing their vision and evolving it along with players for many years to come.”
Rob Letts, General Manager of EA Partners and EA Originals
“Velan’s vision for this new game experience is very inspiring, and when we played it, we were immediately captured by how engaging and unexpectedly compelling it was. Helping discover pioneering talent with ground-breaking games the world needs to play is what we’re here to do, and we look forward to partnering with Velan to deliver an experience that will push the boundaries of original IP and innovation to engage players in new ways.”