Jeff Strain, the founder of the studio that created the State of Decay, announces that he has founded a new studio in New Orleans, called Possibility Space. The developer will be built around a new model where developers can “create shared human experiences in an ambitious, physically distributed studio”.
With the support of a number of people from large companies such as Ubisoft, EA, Valve, Oculus and Double Fine, the idea is for the studio to let its developers live and work where they want. The studio is also supported by the State of Louisiana Office of Economic Development and Unity Technologies, and the global venture capital company Transcend Fund has also been an investor in the company since April this year. Strain himself comments on his investment as follows:
“We felt this was the right time to create something new-a studio built from the ground up to embrace evolving needs and perspectives for both players and developers. Like many others, the past year and a half has been a fraught time for me. While I am grateful that my family is safe, the anxiety, fear, and isolation of the last 18 months has been almost unbearable at times. That fear and isolation was the catalyst for Possibility Space, a modern kind of game studio, where we are creating a joyful game that’s been my dream for many years. I’m delighted and grateful for the team that has chosen to share in this vision and bring it life.”
Strain is best known for founding Undead Labs, the developer that created State of Decay, and for co-founding ArenaNet, the developer behind Guild Wars. Strain has also been involved in Blizzard projects such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.
You can take a look at the Possibility Space logo below and also read more about the studio at its website.