After getting her Google Stadia studio pulled out from under her, Jade Raymond is back, with a new studio. Haven Entertainment Studios, based in Montreal, Canada, is rumored to be developing a new PlayStation IP, based on the info that Sony has invested in the new development studio. Announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog, Raymond outlined her decision to get back into the games industry:
As I took stock of my career over the last few years and started to think about what to do next, I came to a very simple conclusion: I need to get back to what I love doing most, and do so in a way that gives our team the freedom to explore, inspire, and create.
And so today I’m announcing Haven, an independent studio where many of the talented game developers I have worked with for years (and love dearly!) are coming together to do what we are most passionate about.”
During her time at Ubisoft, she helped create both the Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed franchises, both of which have had recent entries in the series come out. She later moved to EA and created Motive in 2015, where she was originally supposed to work with Visceral Games (famous for the Dead Space series) and ex-Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig – responsible for the Uncharted series – on an untitled Star Wars game before it was later canceled (along with Visceral shutting down).
After leaving EA in 2018, she went to form Google Stadia’s first-party studios – but we all know how that went. Now, she finds herself with close ties to Sony, and PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, although they will remain independent.
Sony Interactive Entertainment is proud to support and invest in Haven and its future. We understand the challenges and rewards of building creative teams from the ground up, as does Jade with her wealth of experience helming many of gaming’s biggest franchises.
We’re confident in and excited for the bright future of Haven Studios and its first project, currently in development.” – Herman Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios.
What sort of game do you think we’ll see out of Haven? Do you think Jade Raymond will finally catch a break? Leave a comment.