‘Big indie’ publisher Annapurna Interactive has brought in seasoned indie devs to form their internal development studio.
The new studio will be led by Chelsea Hash (the previous technical art lead of What Remains of Edith Finch) as a game director. Other new hires include game development veterans such as Solar Ash developers Brett Lajzer and Evan Hembacher as Technical Director and Senior Producer, respectively and Cosimo Galluzi (Hyper Light Drifter) as Art Director and Nate Grove (Solar Ash) as Environment Artist. They they will be working on an original unannounced game.
Hash expressed her excitement for the new project stating, “We’ve worked closely with the people at Annapurna Interactive for years and this was an exciting next step for us to be able to integrate with the team. We are working toward a special new experience and look forward to revealing more details.”
Annapurna Interactive is a division of Annapurna Pictures, the movie production company behind films like Hustlers and The Phantom Thread. However, Annapurna Interactive games do so well, that they frequently outshine their parent company. It’s not surprising that the industry veterans chosen for the studio are drawn from previous successes.
Whatever Annapurna Interactive makes with its internal studio could be interesting to say the least. Last year, Annapurna Interactive released The Last Stop, Twelve Minutes and The Artful Escape on Xbox. It’s next game is Stray, by Blue Twelve Studios, which will be a timed console exclusive on the PlayStation when it launches on July 19.
Other games from Annapurna’s extensive catalog include Sayonara Wild Hearts (pictured above), Donut County, I Am Dead and A Memoir Blue. Many of their games are also available on Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, namely The Outer Wilds, Kentucky Route Zero and Twelve Minutes, The Artful Escape and The Last Stop.