The BAFTA award-nominated actor previously played a voice acting role in Assassin’s Creed: Origins in 2017, and that inspired him to pursue the video game life.
EA Originals is a part of behemoth Electronic Arts, and it focuses on elevating independent studios. EA Originals will provide funding for the studio’s unannounced game, and it is supporting the team in part to bring a fresh perspective to games and to the industry. EA and Silver Rain Games aren’t describing the game yet.
Salim started the London-based studio in December 2019 with Melissa Phillips, who is head of the studio. She previously worked as the BAFTA games program manager. The company wants to make thought-provoking and innovative games and content across different entertainment media. The studio has quickly grown to approximately 20 staff members, who all currently work remotely.
“In what has been a challenging year, we have assembled an extraordinarily creative and worldly team who are eager to work on projects that bring their global perspectives to life. Together we will construct an exciting universe that unlocks the power of storytelling and the brilliance that brings,” said Salim, in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier to work with the EA Originals team, who are phenomenal partners for us as we begin this journey. Not only does each of them understand our vision to inspire and entertain, but they also welcome this exciting new age of game development.”
Phillips said in a statement the team has spent the last year growing and working on the game at the same time. They’re working with Matt Bilbey, executive vice president of strategic growth at EA, and the EA Originals team. EA Originals is also publishing It Takes Two, the new romcom co-op game from Josef Fares’ Hazelight Studios.
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