Creative Assembly has announced the opening of a third UK based studio in West Sussex. This news comes after the historic Total War series sold over 36 million standalone games, along with A Total War Saga: Troy, being claimed 7.5 million times via the Epic Games Store in one day.
With this latest studio, Creative Assembly now boasts over 100,000 square feet of “development space”. Besides the three UK studios, this space also includes a state of the art motion capture facility, and an Eastern European base with CA Sofia in Bulgaria.
Along with this new studio, Creative Assembly has also relocated all motion capture development to a specialized facility and refurbished its UK based studios with a “renewed focus on collaborative working environments to support future flexible working plans.”
Studio Director, Gareth Edmondson, mentioned that this is an exciting time for the developer, with Total War: Warhammer 3 and a new sci-fi-shooter IP in the works; not to mention a new studio to help with the development. He also touched upon the steps the company has taken to accommodate work-life balance and end traditional nine to five working hours.
“In the future we’ll be transforming our working model to embed flexibility as the norm, and we need the right environment to achieve that.” said Edmonson. “While we want to amplify the benefits of remote working we also recognise that there is no virtual substitution to in-person creative collaboration, so we’ll be redesigning our working rhythm as well as our environment to focus on creativity and innovation when we are in the office.”
With these changes in mind, Creative Assembly’s refurbished UK studios now include over 30 open plan and private meeting spaces, presentation spaces, over 20 specialised audio suites, playtest rooms, a User Experience Laboratory, and as mentioned before, a significantly upgraded Motion Capture Studio.
The announcement ended with a statement saying that the studio will continue working remotely in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
There really isn’t much information about what Creative Assembly’s new sci-fi-shooter IP exactly is. The developer casually announced the project as film director Neill Blomkamp visited the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at the development.
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