Denver-based New World Interactive, an award-winning developer of the multimillion selling Insurgency video game franchise, will open another development studio New World North in Calgary.
The new studio has a target date of opening by May 15.
Jon Higgins, marketing and communications director, said the company, which also has a development team in Amsterdam, plans to open its Calgary studio in the Inglewood neighbourhood.
He said initially New World will open with about 15 of its current team relocating to Calgary but it intends to grow the number of staff in the city to 25 by the end of the year through new hires.
“And over the coming years we envision steady growth to as many as 50 team members in Calgary,” he said.
The company said the move to Calgary comes in anticipation of sustained company growth after the highly successful PC launch of Insurgency: Sandstorm and upcoming console version slated for 2019.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for New World and marks a major milestone for us as a company as we look to expand upon the success of Insurgency: Sandstorm, by increasing our skillset, production values and continued innovation within the tactical shooter genre,” said Keith Warner, the company’s president.
The company said the new studio New World North will provide ongoing, post-release support for Insurgency: Sandstorm as well as provide crucial development support for an unannounced future title.
New World Interactive was originally founded in 2010 by members of the team behind the award-winning Half-Life 2 modification Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat, led by founder Jeremy Blum (originator of the Red Orchestra Mod). The studio achieved commercial success with the standalone title Insurgency in 2014 and World War Two shooter Day of Infamy in 2016. Combined the two franchises have sold over six million units worldwide on PC.
“We are committed to constantly improving ourselves and pushing the boundaries with the experiences we create. With our roots coming from a hobbyist background, it’s been an ongoing challenge for us to centralize our team. Given the company’s newfound success with Insurgency: Sandstorm we have a tremendous opportunity to open a studio and bring together the majority of our team. After careful consideration into where this location should be, we have decided on Calgary, and look forward to growing our team in our new home,” said Blum, the company’s CEO.
Mary Moran, president and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, said the addition of New World adds a global player to the growing ecosystem in place in Calgary and the city is establishing a growing presence in the full spectrum of creative industries.
– Mario Toneguzzi for Calgary’s Business