Marcus Lehto —co-creator of the Halo series—has announced he’ll head up a new studio in the Seattle area for EA.
As per GamesIndustry.biz the new outfit hasn’t got a name, but will apparently focus on creating first person games. It’ll be the second new studio in the area EA have setup in recent months following the one headed up by ex-Monolith head Kevin Stephens. While not confirmed, it’s believed that one will be going under the moniker Neon Black studios.
Lehto meanwhile was previously the former president and game director at V1 Interactive. He co-founded that studio with SOCOM co-creator Michael Gutmann. Their first and only game was first person shooter Disintegration, which shuttered its multiplayer just five months after launch. The studio itself then sadly followed suit when it closed down in March of this year.
It’s very early days yet, so there’s no word on any specific projects Marcus Lehto’s new EA studio might be undertaking. He does say that he can’t wait to share more about what he’s working on soon though, so hopefully we’ll hear more in the not-too distant future. We’ll keep you up to date should we hear any announcement from EA or Lehto himself.
Hey everyone, I’m very excited to announce that I’ve joined @EA as a Game Director, building a new studio in the Seattle area working on first-person games. I can’t wait to share more about what we’re creating! pic.twitter.com/GnfVFNLSaW
— Marcus Lehto (@game_fabricator) October 19, 2021