Activision Blizzard is opening a new mobile game development studio in the United Kingdom, and the Leeds-based studio already has an impressive crew getting the band together. Games Industry International reported on Monday that Martyn Brown, former head of Worms creator Team 17, will act as a consultant for the studio as it staffs up to over 40 employees.
What’s more, two former members of Rockstar Games are joining as well. Mark Lloyd oversaw quality testing and localization at Rockstar’s Lincoln studio until March of 2011 when he opened his own consultancy firm. Mark Washbrook meanwhile was the architect Rockstar London. Though not exactly comparable to the big league players like Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto) and Rockstar San Diego (Red Dead Redemption), the London studio was responsible for handheld versions Midnight Club and Manhunt 2.
Rockstar also has a studio in Leeds where Activision is setting up so it’s interesting that it’s brought in former Rockstar staffers. Maybe some other Rockstar employees will join as well?
Activision is in sore need of resources in the mobile game space. The company is the undisputed champion of big budget game publishing, but Electronic Arts has a much stronger foothold in the growing mobile and social spaces.