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Far Cry 4 creative director ditches Ubisoft, founds Typhoon Studios

Far Cry 4 creative director ditches Ubisoft, founds Typhoon Studios

Alex Hutchinson, the creative director for Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed III, has left Ubisoft to co-found an independent startup dubbed Typhoon Studios.

The creative director behind titles including Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4 has left Ubisoft to found an independent startup, dubbed Typhoon Studios.

Best known for his work on the Assassin's Creed and Far Cry franchises, creative director Alex Hutchinson is leaving Ubisoft after seven years at the company, and, interestingly, at a time when his former employer is believed to be part-way through the development of Far Cry 5, a game which will now have to carry on without Hutchinson's input.

'So! I left Ubisoft after 7 years,' Hutchinson announced via Twitter late last week. 'Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new.'

Exactly what that 'something new' may be hasn't been detailed, but where Hutchinson will be building it has: Typhoon Studios, an independent developer he has co-founded with former Electronic Arts executive producer Reid Schneider and former Warner Bros. Games Montreal technical director Yassine Riahi.

The company's website is currently spartan in the extreme, save for a jobs page which calls for 'OUTSTANDING talent who want to make waves in the industry,' with a focus on technical artists, environment artists, and gameplay programmers of all levels for the company's inaugural project.

Prior to Ubisoft, Hutchinson worked as a creative director for Electronic Arts' Army of Two: The 40th Day, lead designer for Maxis' Spore and The Sims 2, and worked as the design director for Torus Games for two years.

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SMIFFYDUDE 10th April 2017, 14:42 Quote
Who will press ctrl+c and ctrl+v at Ubi now?
fix-the-spade 10th April 2017, 15:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Who will press ctrl+c and ctrl+v at Ubi now?

You forgot the first part of the sequence, ctrl+a.
dstarr3 10th April 2017, 15:41 Quote
"Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new."
...He does realize, right, that he could've been just doing new things with those games all along?
Bindibadgi 10th April 2017, 16:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Who will press ctrl+c and ctrl+v at Ubi now?

Except for Primal, which fell flat on its face.
Jim 10th April 2017, 17:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by dstarr3
"Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new."
...He does realize, right, that he could've been just doing new things with those games all along?

I imagine he does - you would presume that he had disagreements at some level with his bosses at Ubisoft to say that kind of thing.

And given how much revenue AC and FC bring in for Ubisoft I doubt even 'directors' get all that much freedom in terms of direction.
AiA 10th April 2017, 18:54 Quote
far cry 3 blood dragon, do you think they will make another one.
alf- 10th April 2017, 23:09 Quote
I enjoyed Farcry 3 and farcry 4, but it is fair to say they were essentially the same game in a different setting.
(never bothered with primal, so can't comment)

So maybe some new blood wouldn't hurt, though the cynic in me expects Ubi to stick to the formula i.e. outposts everywhere.
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