Who would have thought? A new studio just dropped in and is one full of racing experience. Former Driveclub and MotorStorm developers at Evolution Studios, have taken the initiative to start their own studio and, finally create a new IP which is not a racing title after all.
Alan McDermott (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation), design director Nigel Kershaw (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation, Deep Silver, Revolution Software), and art director Stuart Trevor (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation) are the founder and main members of Wushu Studios. According to their report, they began prototyping in September 2017 for a brand new IP set in the sci-fi genre instead of a classic racing title as one would have thought.
Studio lead, Alan McDermott says:
“Our core team at Wushu have worked together closely on numerous projects over the years so there was no downtime in figuring out how to work together, we just fell straight into a groove kicking around game ideas that appealed to us as players and developers. We firmly believed in the idea that our initial concepts needed to be gamepad experiences as quickly as possible, so we turned to Unreal Engine for it’s amazing rapid prototyping capabilities. This approach has helped us figure out which of our concepts would allow us to flex our creative muscle most. It’s definitely not what people will be expecting to see from us; it’s absolutely not a racing game!”
Powered by industry veterans, Wushu Studios has already begun working on their new IP, in their new office in Liverpool. They seem to already be on the right track since they believe that they’ll be able to show their project at GDC this March. McDermott stated:
“The company is currently self-funded and our 11 strong team are working towards sharing our new IP with potential partners at GDC in San Francisco in March,” McDermott tells Gadgets 360.
“Whilst we’re open to any and all discussions that could help us realize our vision for the game, our current objective is to team up with a partner that can not only provide additional funding for development, but that also has experience and established profile in the industry.”
What do you think about the formation of Wushu Studios? What could this upcoming sci-fi project be about?