Electronic Arts and Velan Studios have entered into a new publishing agreement, which will see the developer’s “distinctive team-based action game” release for Nintendo Switch under the EA Partners division.
This is their first original IP, and will introduce “a unique game world” and promises to”pioneer an entirely new and entertaining way to experience team-based action.”
Guha and Karthik Bala had founded Velan Studios in 2016, and have already attracted world-class talent who have worked on games such as Guitar Hero, Skylanders, Rock Band, Super Mario Maker, Metroid Prime, Destiny, and Uncharted. They are now looking to hire 40 more developers before the end of the year, to help bring their vision to life.
“In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere. They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game,” explains Velan Studios president and co-founder, Guha Bala.
“We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future.”
EA Partners and EA Originals general manager Rob Letts adds: “Velan’s vision for this new game experience is very inspiring, and when we played it, we were immediately captured by how engaging and unexpectedly compelling it was. Helping discover pioneering talent with ground-breaking games the world needs to play is what we’re here to do, and we look forward to partnering with Velan to deliver an experience that will push the boundaries of original IP and innovation to engage players in new ways.”