The Chinese company NetEase announced the creation of a new studio – Bad Brain Games, which included many former employees from Ubisoft. Based in Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, the studio will be developing “an ambitious new franchise based on a story-driven adventure game,” according to the company.
The project will have an open multi-platform world and will run on Unreal Engine 5. When creating, the developers are inspired by cult films of the 1980s, where elements of adventure and horror are mixed.
The head of the new studio was Sean Crooks, who also produced Watch Dogs: Legion. NetEase also stated that the development team includes people from Far Cry 2, Watch Dogs, Driver, Child of Light, Just Dance, Army of Two < Splinter Cell: Conviction and Blacklist.
In recent years, NetEase has been actively expanding the portfolio of its studios. For example, last year Capcom veteran Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who started his programming career on the original Resident Evil and later became a producer on the Dino Crisis series, revealed he left Capcom to join NetEase.