Hanger 13, the developer behind Mafia III, is opening a studio in the UK, based down in Brighton.
Publisher 2K has announced that Nick Baynes is going to head t up the Brighton-based studio. Baynes was the game director for Split/Second, and he has worked in game development for over twenty-five years.
This is the fourth location that Hangar 13 has an office, with separate branches in Novato, Brno, Brighton, and Prague.
This news comes after an announcement, earlier this year, that Hangar 13 saw fairly substantial layoffs – sad news considering the mainly positive reception Mafia III received. The game also sold 4.5 million copies, so it was no commercial slouch either.
2K has announced that the new studio is working on an unannounced AAA game, and that the studio will scale in size along with the new project.
Baynes will be reunited with Andy Wilson, who he worked with at Black Rock Studio and who is now the vice president of development at Hangar 13.
There is no word yet on what shape this new AAA project will take.
Also on Thumbsticks
- Zone of the Enders 2 remaster gets release date
- Cliff Bleszinski announced closure of Boss Key
- Stardew Valley PS Vita release date confirmed
Want more neat stuff?
If you want to keep abreast of the latest news, features, reviews, guides, and sales, we can send all our latest articles and great content straight to your inbox. You know, collated together, once or twice a week, in a newsletter. We wouldn't send them one at a time – that would be weird and annoying!
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
New PlayStation Store releases: October 25-29, 2021
This week's lineup of PlayStation Store releases includes Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and a remake of a classic GBA game.
New Nintendo Switch releases: October 25-29, 2021
Mario Party Superstars and Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water headline this week's lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.
New Xbox releases: October 25-29, 2021
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Age of Empires IV headline this week's lineup of new Xbox Series X|S and Xbox...
Play three top Xbox games for free this weekend
Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play three more games for free for a limited time.
Graveyard Keeper gets new DLC in time for Halloween
The world's best resting place management sim, Graveyard Keeper, is getting new DLC just in time for the spooky season.
Xbox deals update: Save on Assassin’s Creed and DC games
This week's Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S deals include the Batman and Assassin's Creed franchises, plus savings on games...
New PlayStation Store releases: October 18-22, 2021
This week's lineup of PlayStation Store releases includes the long-awaited remaster of Toy Soldiers and House of Ashes.
New Xbox releases: October 18-22, 2021
House of Ashes – The Dark Pictures and My Friend Peppa Pig are among this week's new Xbox Series X|S...