Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella and former head of slot machine manufacturer WMS Gaming Larry Pacey are forming a new mobile game studio called Nuclear Division, GamesBeat reports.
In an interview with GamesBeat, Zampella noted how mobile has grown so huge and near ubiquitous that it would be“silly to ignore it.”
“It’s a device that I play on because I always have it with me,” Zampella said. “[It’s] always connected. You’re engaged with it. There’s something you can do with that. I’m not saying one is better than the other, in terms of console versus mobile. It’s a different gaming experience. Both interest me.”
According to Pacey and Zampella, the two have been recruiting experienced mobile developers, with less than a dozen employees currently onboard now but the potential for about 50 down the line. No definitive projects are underway, but the pair say their focus will remain on creating products familiar to both of them, based on their interests and catering to the core gamer.
The new mobile studio will not affect Zampella’s responsibilities at Respawn Entertainment. In fact, he believes he’ll be able to take some of what he learns at Nuclear Division and bring it back to the Titanfall developers.
“If you look at where we came from, developing games with small teams, this is the way to get back to that,” Zampella added. “You can get back to the core of what matters to you and the values of what makes a game great.”