Apparently making the best game of 2012 isn’t enough for some people.
They just have to break out and start their own thing.
So Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin (The Walking Dead Video Game) have joined forces with Nels Anderson (Mark of the Ninja) and Olly Moss (Empire, Marvel) to form Campo Santo studios. Sean describes their reasoning in a blog post:
So why are we doing this? To be honest, it’s because we think we’ve found the right group of people to make the first reason not just worth enduring but actually thrilling. As we talk to our friends and industry colleagues about “doing something indie” with us, there’s a shared pragmatism informed by years in the industry that melds with the lingering youthful enthusiasm that got us into games to begin with. Some of us want to tell stories, some of us want to build systems, and some of us want to create beautiful looking worlds, but we all want to make something. The stultifying difficulty of making a good game is instantly tempered and then squashed.
Nels Anderson has parted ways with Klei to work with Campo Santo, but the departure was 100% amicable and, as he says on Twitter:
Seriously, Klei has some really, really good stuff in the pipe and it’s going to be *hot.*
— Nels Anderson (@Nelsormensch) September 19, 2013
So no need to worry about them. I foresee great things out of this studio, no pressure guys.