Wushu Studios is the joint venture of some of the former developers from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Evolution Studios. They have worked on games like the popular Motorstorm series and more recently, Driveclub for the PS4. After the closure of Evolution Studios, while some of the remaining developers joined Codemasters, others decided to go their own separate way and Wushu Studios was founded from their desire “to create games with interesting mechanics, unique concepts and to deliver fun, refreshing gameplay experiences to players.”
The 3 main people behind the studio are 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). The studio is located in Liverpool and was founded in August 2017. Currently there are a total of 11 developers working at the studio and their first project, which began prototyping in September 2017, is still early in development utilizing Unreal Engine 4. It has been described as “a brand-new IP with a tantalizing and unexpected take on the science fiction genre.”
“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”, says studio lead Alan McDermott.
“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!”
The future looks exciting for the developers and hopefully they can reveal their project in due time. If you are interested in keeping an eye on them, you can check out their official page, or follow them on Twitter.