Playdead co-founder Dino Patti is assembling a new independent studio based in the UK and has just teased the new venture's first project called Somerville. The new studio is called Jumpship and is currently hiring.
After leaving the studio he co-founded back in 2016, ex-Playdead dev Dino Patti has now teamed up with film animator turned game developer Chris Olsen to found a new independent studio called Jumpship.
Jumpship's first project will be called Somerville, and so far there is only a brief teaser trailer on display as far as official material goes. Googling around will show some of Chris Olsen's work-in-progress animations for the game as well, and from the looks of it Somerville will be a 2D platformer of some sort.
The studio has also posted a manifesto-like blurp on their official page, and recruitment seems to be ongoing for anyone who might have the necessary experience and bravado to join the project
"Our philosophy is to break preconceived notions of what games can be by exploring the creative possibilities of the medium. We believe in games as a legitimate and positive endeavour; with potential not only as an entertainment medium, but as a tool to question the human condition. We strive to support our intent with an unwavering ethic in all facets of the process. This unwillingness to take the path well-trodden, to aim for standards seemingly out of reach and meticulously handcraft every aspect is where the weight of value lies for us as a studio. It raises entertainment to something deeply personal", reads the bold claim from the freshly minted indie studio's homepage.
But, some admittedly impressive animation work and grand statements a great game do not make. We will be keeping a closer eye on this one, fingers crossed that our scepticism is misplaced.