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Alex Hutchinson took to Twitter this week to announce he was stepping away from Ubisoft. But all of that talent will still be directed into games, as he is instead setting out to create his own studio.
If the name Alex Hutchinson isn't ringing any bells, then you really need to start paying attention to those credits that roll by at the conclusion of your games. Most recently, the guy's name has been tied to ambitious Ubisoft titles like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed III, both of which he directed.
This report is coming to us from Gamespot, who picked up on Hutchinson's announcements on Twitter earlier this week. After seven years with Ubisoft, Alex Hutchinson said that he is very proud of what the team was able to create in both the Far Cry and Assassin's series, but that it was time to "build something new."
Apparently things are already up and running with the new studio, as Alex Hutchinson claims the team is already pulling together a new game world for players to enjoy. He did say that they are at the "imagining" part of the process, however, so it's probably going to be a while before we get any further information out of the guy.
If you're looking to stay tuned to all of the latest details, they've created Typhoon Studios. Alex Hutchinson said they've begun the hiring process and will build the studio from scratch.
If you've been following Alex Hutchinson for a while, this announcement probably didn't shock you. As the original report points out, he was quoted back in 2012 as basically calling AAA development a sort of cancer, adding a year later that the big-budget game scene was dying out. Whether or not you agree with the guy, it looks like he finally acted on those feelings and decided to step away from AAA development and make something smaller.
If nothing else, we can at least understand where the guy is coming from. If you take a look at the majority of AAA games these days, they're frequently similar first-person shooters or similar open-world adventure games, a genre that has clearly been influenced by Alex Hutchinson's most recent titles, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed III. The two hottest games on the market right now are Horizon: Zero Dawn and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, both of which clearly have those previously mentioned games to thank for some influence.
And we don't mean that in a bad way, they're both great games, but clearly Hutchinson is onto something. If he's worried that AAA development is killing true creativity, then we're genuinely eager to see what his studio has to offer as its first title.