It seems that Ubisoft’s Alex Hutchinson has grown disenchanted with creating AAA titles. Hutchinson was the creative director for Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 4, but he is leaving Ubisoft to found his own studio.
According to IGN, his new company is called Typhoon Studios. That is all that is known about it since the Typhoon website only consists of a contact page and a page announcing that the company is ”now hiring.” Alex did indicate in a tweet that the studio is beginning work on “a brand new world” to bring to gamers. However, since the company is currently looking for technical and environmental artists, as well as gameplay programmers of all levels, it seems obvious the "world" is only in the conceptual phase for now.
...we are hard at work imagining a brand new world to inflict on all of you, so stay tuned.— Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) April 7, 2017
Hutchinson has grown tired of churning out hot-selling titles like Assassin's Creed and Far Cry. That may sound like a ridiculous claim, but at the 2012 Game Developers Conference he said that the advancement in both the scale and graphical power of these games is like a “cancerous growth.” He believes the future of video games is “dystopian,” according to GameSpot.
He surmises that if the industry does not end up obsessed with making more and more money, it will end up only “pushing for graphical fidelity and working on the sheer scale of games.”
“I think that will leave the AAA blockbusters as nothing more than the last of the dinosaurs. In my mind, video games need to have the goal of educating people, entertaining people, or at least being artistic. If you're not pushing any of these things...then I think we're in for a rough patch.”
It will be interesting to see what Alex Hutchinson and his team at Typhoon Studios produces. Will it be educational or artistic? One thing is for sure; it had better be entertaining if he intends to keep the workstations lit.