Activision Opens New AAA Studio to Develop Games Other than Call of Duty

New Game Studio Launched by Activision

A new game studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, has been formed by Activision, a Microsoft-owned company, less than two weeks after the closure of Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, and Alpha Dog Studios. The announcement was made on the company’s blog.

Elsewhere Entertainment’s Focus

Elsewhere Entertainment is set to exclusively focus on generating a ground-breaking narrative and genre-defining AAA-franchise, though it remains obscure as to which genre the debut development of the studio aims to expand. Currently, Elsewhere is recruiting experts to create a “next-generation gaming experience”. According to IGN, sources have revealed the project has no connection with Call of Duty.

The new studio has been granted complete access to all resources and tools of Activision. In addition to game development, the team is also tasked to create a franchise that will resonate “beyond the games”.

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Location and Staffing

While Elsewhere Entertainment’s headquarters is located in Warsaw, a part of the team is based in the US. The staff includes “narrative experts” with experience in working on notable titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Cyberpunk, Destiny, The Division, and Far Cry.

Ambition and Ownership

Activision highlights that Elsewhere Entertainment has been built from scratch as an industry-leading and autonomous studio. The company is aimed at fostering an environment that inspires bold and diverse ideas. Elsewhere becomes Activision’s second team in Poland, following the Krakow division of Infinity Ward. As of last fall, Activision has been owned by Microsoft, with the deal amounting to a record-breaking $68.7 billion.

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