All good things must come to an end, even for a very successful partnership.
Video game director Alex Hutchinson, who was at the helm of "Assassin's Creed 3" and "Far Cry 4," has parted ways with game developer Ubisoft. The move ended Hutchinson's seven-year partnership with the company and signaled the start of a new company that he will be heading.
"So! I left Ubisoft after 7 years. Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new," he said in his tweet last weekend. He followed it up with a post, naming his new company called Typhoon Studios, which he will lead together with "some other wonderful people." He also said that he doesn't have any more big revelations in the near future, but he confirmed that he and his new team are working hard at creating "a brand new world" for gamers.
Working with him in the new studio is ex-Warner Bros. and EA producer Reid Schneider, according to a report from Gamespot. Meanwhile, the new company's website barely contains any information except that they are currently looking for technical artists, environmental artists, and gameplay programmers from all levels.
Prior to his stint with Ubisoft, the Australian-born Hutchinson also served as creative director for Electronic Arts and Maxis, where he worked on famous titles like "Army of Two: The 40th Day," "The Sims 2," and "Spores."
He also made noise in the gaming world back in 2012 with his remarks against AAA games, saying the pursuit of it is like a "cancerous growth" for the industry, noting that games should have an educational goal or that the games should be artistically made or, at the very least, entertain. "If you're not pushing any of these things...then I think we're in for a rough patch," he explained during the 2012 Game Developers Conference.