Raphael Colantonio, the former president and creative director of Arkane Studios, and Julien Roby, a former executive producer of the studio, have announced the establishment of new independent game studio Wolfeye Studios. Its first project will be announced at The Game Awards 2019 on December 12.
Wolfeye Studios aims to create games “in which players live their own adventures in rich simulated worlds that respond to actions and decisions in ways that are unique to each playthrough,” according to the press release.
“After taking some time off, and consulting for a variety of video games companies, I’m ready for a new adventure” said Wolfeye president and creative director Raphel Colantonio in the press release. “The AAA market is risk-averse and innovation suffers from it. As a Game Designer, I’ve been wanting to try new ideas and approaches, and I believe independent games are in the best space to do so.”
Wolfeye Studios CEO and executive producer Julien Roby added, “This is an incredible opportunity to work together again with Raf, being able to build the kind of unique and deep games we love to play. The decision to work as a distributed team around the world has meant we’re able to find some of the best talents in the industry to help craft our vision.”
Here is a teaser image for Wolfeye Studio’s first project:
Here is a bit of background for both Colantonio and Roby:
Colantonio’s nearly 20-year long career as the founder and creative director at Arkane Studios paved the way for some of the game industry’s most revered and groundbreaking titles. Roby has a deep bench of experience in the industry as well, having produced some legendary titles like Dishonored and Arx Fatalis and having worked alongside Colantonio for more than 12 years. After departing from Arkane, the duo spent time away from any one particular project before coming back together to form Wolfeye.
Visit the studio’s official website here.