Developers leaving studios to make their own seem to be quite a trend that’s been happening recently. From bigwigs like Hideo Kojima leaving Konami to found Kojima Productions, to Jason Blundell leaving Activision to found Deviation Games, only to leave that studio a few months later. However, one of the first instances of this was Respawn Games. Now, developers from Respawn are creating their own Studio called Wildlight Entertainment.
Former Respawn Devs Annouce Wildlight Entertainment
Announced on Feb. 16 on Twitter, some big names at Respawn have split off from the company to develop their own games under the name Wildlight Entertainment. Some of the people behind the studio include names like Chad Grenier, one of the founders, who’s had involvement in both original Modern Warfare titles, including the first two Call of Duty games as well as Apex Legends and Titanfall 1 & 2.
Hello, world! We're very excited today to announce our new game studio, Wildlight Entertainment. We've got big dreams of creating an epic shooter IP. pic.twitter.com/EjjqF3jcmA
— Wildlight Entertainment (@WildlightEnt) February 16, 2023
Some other names involved in the company are people like Design Director Jason McCord who was involved in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, Call of Duty: World at War, and both Titanfall games. Rodney Reece was involved in Uncharted 2, 3, and 4, as well as The Last of Us. Then there’s Dusty Welsh, who’s worked on the original Call of Duty and Guitar Hero games.
Wildlight mentions in their announcement tweet that they’re planning on creating “an epic shooter IP”. Whatever the developer’s plans are, they haven’t unveiled them to the masses yet, but they’re planning on making something big.
This announcement comes after EA mentioned cancellations for several projects, some of which were Respawn titles within the last few weeks. One of these games is a single-player title in the Titanfall/Apex Legends universe called Titanfall Legends. This would have the player taking control of the fan-favorite character Kuben Blisk, with other Apex characters making cameos throughout the story.
It’s not outright said that this is the reason for Wildlight’s creation. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Now we have another developer to push out high-quality independent titles for the masses to enjoy!