Hi-Rez Studios, the US-based games developer, has announced the launch of three, wholly-owned development studios. Each new division will work on a separate game.
Titan Forge Games has been created to operate SMITE, Evil Mojo Games will operate Paladins, and Realm Royale will be handled by Heroic Leap Games.
Hi-Rez Studios has also launched Alacrity Arthouse, which will offer art services such as cinematic video creation, 3D modeling, rigging, animation, FX, concept art, and so on.
Chris Larson, General Manager of First Party Studios said the following in a statement: “The establishment of Titan Forge, Heroic Leap and Evil Mojo as standalone studios enables each of our development teams to fulfill their maximum potential and stay hyper focused on serving their individual player communities. We view game operation as a marathon, not a sprint. Our games are built to provide near constant updates over many years. By giving each major game its own dedicated studio and identity, we empower them to control their own destiny and focus exclusively on their player communities, while still having access to our leading shared publishing services.”
In May of this year, Hi-Rez Studios launched Skillshot Media – an esports tournament operator and production company that serves as an off-shoot to the main studio.
Stew Chisam, President of Hi-Rez Studios and Head of Hi-Rez Publishing also commented: “Our new Hi-Rez Publishing Group is designed as a service organization, whose sole mission is to enable each of our partner studios to reach their full potential and best serve their respective gamer communities. By structuring ourselves in this manner, we allow the organization to scale to multiple games more easily, while ensuring our existing game communities receive a better, more focused service than ever before.”
Esports Insider says: It seems a bit risky to launch an entirely new development studio for Realm Royale, for example, as it’s a relatively new game that doesn’t have the popularity of Fortnite or the long-term relevancy of PUBG. However, creating divisions that concentrates on particular operations – such as Skillshot Media’s esports focus – makes some sense.