COD and Apex Developers Form Their Own Studio, Wildlight
It was recently revealed that there’s yet more competition stacking up against the likes of Call of Duty, as a new entity enters the scene: Wildlight Entertainment. From some of the former creative and technical minds that have worked in the past on Call of Duty, Titanfall, and Apex comes an all-new studio that’s working on something exciting.
This is likely an intention to disrupt the first-person monopoly held by a small group of titles, arguably headed up by Call of Duty. It’s a goal that Dr Disrespect had in mind when he started developing Deadrop with his own studio, Midnight Society, but owing to his approach to the game’s marketing, that may not be such a straight shot anymore.
Can Wildlight Entertainment produce something that’ll truly disrupt the industry?
Aside from having a seriously cool name and a sharp logo, Wildlight Entertainment already boasts a star-studded and prestigious lineup. As revealed on Twitter, the studio was founded by Chad Grenier, once a driving force behind the foundation of Respawn Entertainment and the power behind Apex Legends from 2019 to 2021.
Filling out the ranks behind Chad Grenier sits former Apex talents, Jason McCord, David Osei, and Rodney Reece. There are also former Call of Duty developers bolstering the studio’s roster, including Mohammad Alavi, who will be the lead designer for the firm. In the past, Alavi was responsible for the creation of some of the most iconic scenes in Call of Duty history, including No Russian (MW2, 2009) and All Ghillied Up (COD 4, 2007).
There’s already something in the development pipeline, with Wildlight stating that it has been working on a brand-new IP for ‘some time’ in the shadows, but nothing more has been said on the topic aside from the claim that it’ll be an ‘epic shooter’.
Based in Woodland Hills, California and Seattle, Washington, the team is already an impressive size, and it’s hiring at the moment to expand its footprint.
This is an exciting time – let’s wait and see what Wildlight can produce.