Crystal Dynamics, best known for the popular Tomb Raider franchise, is expanding with the creation of a new satellite studio set out in Bellevue, Washington, as well as adding new world-class development talent to their headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.
“We’re aggressively scaling up our teams and adding a new studio with spectacular talent to deliver the ultimate gaming experiences for our players,” Said the Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics, Scot Amos. “We have assembled a team of industry veterans and leaders in order to create gaming experiences that surpass the expectations of our passionate community.”
Under the name Crystal Northwest, the new studio is up and running as of today and is a full-fledged extension of Crystal Dynamics. Their focus is technology development, and is to deliver further expertise to the Avengers Project that was announced last year. The studio is led by industry veterans Chad Queen and James Loe, and promises to bolster the development of future games, tools and technology.
In addition to the new studio, Crystal Dynamics at the Redwood Shores studio has added new members to its development team, announcing that their new best-in-class talent will strengthen the team on current and future projects.
Those among the new hires are individuals such as Vincent Napoli, the new Lead Combat Designer at Crystal Dynamics who worked on the latest God of War. Ben Wanat was also added to the team, who was an original co-founder of the Dead Space franchise and led the development of Dead Space 3 as Creative Director. Also joining them is David Fifield, who has 20 years of experience as Executive Producer and Design Director at 343 Industries on the Halo series, as well as Game Director at Raven Software on numerous Call of Duty titles. Crystal Dynamics has stated that they have also recently brought on talents from studios such as Naughty Dog, Pixar, EA and more.
“Our new studio in Bellevue, and the new hires in Redwood Shores, represent our continued commitment to the most ambitious project we’ve ever created,” said Ron Rosenberg, Co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics. “We’ll keep building on the exciting growth Crystal Dynamics has experienced over the last several years, and are eager to deliver a world-class Avengers experience for fans around the world.”