Square Enix opens a London mobile studio. As Square Enix stated in their press release, this new studio has a mission of putting people first.
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As the company stated, the studio focuses on publishing high-quality, free-to-play mobile games. For now, the studio is working on Tomb Raider Reloaded, an arcade adventure with action elements for mobile platforms, along with a game from the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise.
Ed Perkins, Studio Head at Square Enix London Mobile, shared his statement in the press release. Perkins stated that at the new studio, their goal was to move the world through mobile games. Also, he noted that the company needed to expand its team.
Additionally, Perkins said, the Square Enix Mobile team had some great games in development. Their access to Square Enix-owned IP and connections with some of the most popular gaming companies worldwide, Perkins explains, gives them an advantage on the mobile game market.
But, as he stated, the people are essential since they are a competitive advantage meant to fuel the company’s success.
The Studio’s Current Roster
Square Enix’s new London studio currently has two games in development. As they stated, the two games are Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Tomb Raider Reloaded. The company plans on releasing both games in early 2022. However, the exact dates were not specified yet.
Because the studio is still in its early stages, they have advertised job openings. The new job opportunities in the London office are in the marketing and game production departments. As Square Enix stated in their press release, those new positions should make these announced games popular worldwide.
While the studio is acquiring a new workforce, Vancouver’s Navigator Games studio is developing Avatar: The Last Airbender. Will Moore, Navigator Games CEO, stated that it was a great privilege to partner with Square Enix London Mobile. Especially, he continued, on the creation of a Nickelodeon-powered game.
Moreover, he said that Avatar: The Last Airbender universe had a lot of complex layers and storylines to it. Additionally, the players will surely enjoy exploring it, and the companies are excited to unveil it fully and share it with the world, especially to the loyal Avatar fans.
When it comes to the Tomb Raider Reloaded, Square Enix shared that the game would cater to the nostalgic portion of the audience. Moreover, they explained that they were developing the game was being developed in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics.
Square Enix stated that the game would feature classic elements from the original Tomb Raider trilogy. The players will get the chance to play as the franchise’s iconic female protagonist, Lara Croft.
For now, Square Enix shared that the players would get to solve puzzles and escape traps in the game. Also, they said that there would be a collection system in the game, where players would collect relics from tombs across the world. Both Avatar and Tomb Raider Reloaded will be available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.