The IP rights to 2020’s Journey to the Savage Planet have been bought by a new studio made up of former staffers from the game’s original development team.
The newly formed Raccoon Logic is made up of several industry veterans who were former members of Typhoon Studios. They include former creative director Alex Hutchinson who was also previously the director on Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3. He’s joined by Studio Head Reid Schneider who was also an executive producer on Batman: Arkham Knight.
Also making up the new team is CTO Yannick Simard, a lead programmer on the first two Watch Dogs games. The final two names in the announcement are Erik Bilodeau, a former technical artist on Batman: Arkham Origins and Marc-Antoine Lussier who was a design director on the first four mainline Assassin’s Creed games.
Though they stop short at committing to a sequel to Journey to the Savage Planet, the new Montreal based team have already secured an initial investment from Chinese firm Tencent. Hutchinson says of the new studio: “We love systemic games, games with a sense of humour and a big heart, and games with strong flavours that get reactions from players. We’re going to keep pushing on those ideas and we’ll have something to show soon!”
Reid Schneider adds: “We’re super excited to continue the work we started at Typhoon Studios, and build upon the Journey to the Savage Planet franchise in the future.”
Journey to the Savage Planet was Typhoon Studios first and only game before the studio was acquired by Google in late 2019. The company worked on Google Stadia for a little while following the game’s release, but sadly wouldn’t get to announce a second game before the decision was made to shutter Google’s internal game development studios earlier this year.
We are excited and proud to announce our new game studio!https://t.co/VZRCd6LrFu
Stay tuned for future mischief! 🦝
— Raccoon Logic (@RaccoonLogic) August 11, 2021