Hi5 Studios, the creators of The Last of Us, The Witcher 3 and Minecraft, are building an indie studio in the UK.
The studio, which is due to launch next month, is headed up by co-founders and former Unity engineer David Balfour.
The team is aiming to work on projects with a “strong focus on developing new content”, Balfours told GamesIndustry.biz.
“The Last of Weeds was our first foray into the world of game development, but I feel the same about The Witcher.
We’ve spent a lot of time developing The Witcher as a project with a clear and distinct purpose, and it feels like we have a lot to share.
I can’t wait to get started!”
Hi5 has developed games for EA, Bungie, Activision, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Ubisoft Mobile, Sony, Sony Mobile and Sony Computer Entertainment, as well as other major studios such as Sega, Sega Saturn and Nintendo.
In a previous interview with Polygon, Balfur revealed that the studio was in talks with Sony to bring a first-person shooter to the PlayStation platform.
Hi5 is also developing a game called The Last Door, which Balfury says is a “shooting adventure” that will feature a “different kind of story”.
Balfurst explained that the team will be “working with a very small team of artists, musicians, writers and animators who are dedicated to creating the next chapter of The Witcher”.
“We will be developing The Last Of Us as a full-fledged game with the same kind of attention to detail as The Witcher, and in a way that it will not only feel like a traditional RPG but also a story as well.”
The Last, as we know it, was created by Balfouri, the co-founder of studio 60.
“We decided to take a game with a big, sweeping story and take it to the next level, so we created The Last door as a standalone story that could be shared with our fans,” Balfoured said.
The Last is currently in development for PS4 and Xbox One.
Hi 5 is the UK’s only studio with an open studio model.
The company is aiming for a “massive” team, with an eye towards creating more than 1,000 staff members by the end of the year.
Hi.5 will have to secure a partner to help with its business, and a funding partner.
The developer has yet to reveal a price for its first game.
Hi five’s next game is due out in 2020.