Gravity Well is a new studio composed of two Respawn veterans.
Respawn Entertainment's Drew McCoy left the studio earlier this year and collaborated with another former Respawn developer, Jon Shiring, to form a new independent recording studio, which they named Gravity well.
Gravity Well aims to engage in AAA games while maintaining a relatively small scale. Shiring believes that a team of more than 100 developers will encounter creative problems and lose agility. Gravity Well's goal is to keep the number of people at the "80-85 peak", which should make communication and iteration easier.
The mission of the studio is to take risks and conduct experiments without compromising the health and well-being of its employees. "We regard team health as an absolute priority. This means we are in a state of anti-austerity."
"This means good compensation. This means that everyone at Gravity Well enjoys creative freedom, because when others make all decisions, the work will not be fun and the final product will not be so good."
Shiring added: "Today, we are not satisfied with the low level of creative risk of obtaining project funding. We hope to explore bold new ideas specifically for next-generation hardware and PCs."
Another interesting aspect of this story is that the gravity well is designed to accommodate workers in remote areas and people who like to work from home. This will obviously help when you build a new studio in a global pandemic, but it also allows the team to hire anyone anywhere.
Speaking of which, the official website lists 11 vacancies, but no one has encountered the studio's first project. They also did not specify a specific type of experience.
If you want to learn more about this joint venture, our friends in the gaming industry discussed their future goals and plans with McCoy and Shiring.