Naughty Dog, Activision Veterans Form AAA Studio Emptyvessel

In a new press release, industry veterans from studios like id Software, Naughty Dog, and Activision announced their new AAA studio Emptyvessel.

Emanuel Palalic will serve as CEO and Game Director, while Garrett Young is the COO and General Manager. The only other confirmed staff include Wei Ning, Alex Palma, and Rico Flores.

Emptyvessel will have “a specialty in the immersive shooter space”, and “aims to break from the traditional business models”.

The new studio did not reveal many details about its debut game. However, the devs did release a small teaser on Twitter.

Emptyvessel teased its first game as “THE SYSTEM” in a separate post on their new Twitter account.

Today’s press release calls its first unannounced title a shooter built with Unreal Engine 5. Emptyvessel confirms it will be “inspired by film, graphic novels, and games set in dystopian sci-fi worlds”.

This could involve a wide range of sci-fi staples, so The System doesn’t have a clear direction just yet. However, today’s press release does note some comparable titles that Emptyvessel developers previously worked on.

These relevant titles include “Quake, Call of Duty, Last of Us, Borderlands, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, [and] Callisto Protocol”.

So, Emptyvessel’s debut game might resemble those titles in one way or another. Although, this likely includes their innovative approaches.

Emptyvessel should also be considered a AAA studio, so the debut is probably ambitious. It may take some time to arrive.

The studio also announced that DOOM composer Mick Gordon “will partner with the team to create soundscapes for the studio, and their first project”. This implies that Gordon may continue to partner with the studio beyond its debut game.

In the meantime, fans of the shooter genre can look forward to PUBG’s next big game. It will be an extraction shooter, coming this year.

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