Funny, I’m pretty sure that exact headline was what heralded the announcement of Titanfall. No wait, that was Respawn. Gotcha.
Yup, even more developers have broken off from Infinity Ward to make their own studio. This time, the wayward developers are focusing on virtual reality, as well as aiming to put their new game on both mobile devices and next-gen consoles. This is even more ambitious when you realize that their dev team is a mere 12 people, though they do all have quite a pedigree. Many of them have worked on more than one Call of Duty game, and one of them is a former Disney animator who has worked on a few major Disney animated films.
Reload Studios of course does not have any affiliation with Respawn Entertainment, but it is at least mildly amusing that two different groups of ex-Call of Duty devs made studios that sound fairly similar. Still, it’s clear that their approaches are going to be very different. While Respawn is focused on simply elevating the genre they’ve spent so much time working on, Reload is very clearly focused on virtual reality. James Chung, one of the founding members of Reload, has said:
When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realized these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration.
So, they’ll likely be prioritizing VR when they can, which should lead to some very interesting developments (no pun intended). You can read more about Reload on their website, or you can yak at them on their Twitter.