Undead Labs founder Jeff Pressure types new ‘distributed’ studio Risk Area



ArenaNet co-founder and Undead Labs founder Jeff Pressure has established a brand new ‘distributed recreation improvement studio’ referred to as Risk Area alongside trade veterans from Double High-quality, Valve, Oculus, EA, and extra.

The Risk Area crew already contains notable names like visible director Jane Ng (Campo Santo, Valve), IP director Austin Walker (Waypoint Media, Mates on the Desk podcast), simulation and narrative techniques director Liz England (Ubisoft, Insomniac), and design director Richard Foge (Undead Labs, ProbablyMonsters).

Risk Area stated its distributed mannequin permits employees “to stay the place they need to stay and work the place they need whereas supporting the communities they love.”

The studio itself will likely be primarily based in New Orleans, Louisiana, and intends to create “joyful video games round human experiences.” Explaining why he selected to type Risk Area at this time limit, Pressure indicated the pandemic had given him the push wanted to create one thing new.

“We felt this was the best time to create one thing new — a studio constructed from the bottom as much as embrace evolving wants and views for each gamers and builders,” he commented in a press launch.

“Like many others, the previous 12 months and a half has been a fraught time for me. Whereas I’m grateful that my household is protected, the nervousness, worry, and isolation of the final 18 months has been virtually insufferable at instances. That worry and isolation was the catalyst for Risk Area, a contemporary form of recreation studio, the place we’re making a joyful recreation that’s been my dream for a few years. I’m delighted and grateful for the crew that has chosen to share on this imaginative and prescient and produce it life.”

A blurb on the Risk Area web site notes the studio is trying to determine, mentor, prepare, and rent people from “underserved and missed communities and backgrounds,” and is at the moment working to bolster its dev crew.