Corporation Microsoft continues to recruit industry veterans to the newly created AAAA Studio The initiative. A team based in the US city of Santa Monica is joined by an environmental artist God of war. Along with other former employees Sony Santa Monica he switched to a new job due to the convenient location of The Initiative’s office and the magnitude of the ambitions of the new studio.
Eric Jacobsen joined the team in December 2019, which did not go unnoticed by Klobrille, who discovered changes in the developer’s LinkedIn profile.
Principal Environment Artist Erik Jakobsen joined The Initiative in December. Another one from Sony Santa Monica, previously working on God of War as a Senior Staff Environment Artist. Have a great start! https://t.co/xiWCdlR75w pic.twitter.com/63Ss9SciEq
– Klobrille (@klobrille) December 27, 2019
Jacobsen worked at Santa Monica Studio for nine years, and most recently served as a full-time senior environment artist in the 2018 award-winning God of War. Prior to this, Jacobsen worked as a senior environmental artist. God of War: Ascension, and was also one of the senior artists nameless project Sony Santa Monica, which was subsequently canceled.
Prior to Sony, Jacobsen managed to work in a variety of companies for his almost 20-year career, occupying high positions in Turtle rock studios and Activision. His portfolio includes games such as Left 4 dead and The saboteur.
In The Initiative, Jacobsen will take over as chief artist of the environment. What the mysterious Microsoft studio is working on is still unknown.
In an interview Gameinformer chapter Xbox Game Studios Matt Butie toldthat we will learn more details about the team itself and about the project the studio is working on in 2023.
“We do not yet know anything about what The Initiative has worked on since its founding in 2018, but Buti told me that we will learn more in the next 12 months,” the interviewer writes.
In addition, it became known that the studio provides technical support The coalition. Moreover, its employees were the first to play the game The Initiative.
They’ve been incredibly generous sharing their methods for designing features and levels. A couple of the people there were the first non-@TheInitiative people to see (and play) the game, and they’ve given us some great outside, objective perspectives on our work. Good people.
– Drew Murray (@PlaidKnuckles) December 21, 2019
“If The Coalition shows you such support technologically, then your game will be built on UE4 ?? They work wonders with this engine. And Ninja Theory, too (the Hellblade 2 trailer is just awesome !!!), ”one of the players wrote.
“They generously share their design methods for various functions and levels. A couple of people from there were here and first saw (and also played) the game. They provided us with some excellent advice from the outside, objectively evaluating our work. Good people, ”The Initiative said.
The studio is headed by a former head Crystal Dynamics Darrell Galahar.
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