The studio will focus on "making 'small-ish,' creatively-charged, uniquely-stylized games." Its debut project is already in development.
Former Naughty Dog director Bruce Straley, who is probably best known for his collaboration with Neil Druckmann on The Last of Us and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, announced the formation of a new studio called Wildflower Interactive.
On July 20, the director posted a video announcement sharing the news. In the video, Srtaley revealed that after he left the games industry in 2017, he wasn't sure if he ever wanted to make a game again, however, he came up with the idea of a project, and together with his friends, he created several prototypes of a game. Eventually, he decided to form a studio to bring this game to life.
Wildflower has already begun work on the game with the support of a publisher – although Straley did not name which one. According to him, the partner will help the studio reach a broad audience of players. Straley did not share details about the project, only saying that he had never played anything like it before. Wildflower's website reads that the studio will focus on "making 'small-ish,' creatively-charged, uniquely-stylized games."
Straley shared that the studio already has a core team of experienced developers who are credited for such projects as Call of Duty, Pathless, Kena, Abzu, and more, and is currently looking to expand it. According to the website, at the moment, the studio is seeking a number of specialists including animators, environment and technical artists, audio designers, and more.
"We’re building a small, open-hearted team of creators that want to improve their skills and still lead a good life outside of work," the website reads. "People that want to hone their craft, have a say in the process, feel respected for their contributions, and be a part of the evolution of this awesome medium."
You can learn more about the studio and see the list of open positions by visiting the studio's official website.