They were interested in getting back into console development. Back then we needed a partner for some contracting work, so we started out that way. As the year went on, things were going well and it became apparent we had a big opportunity, because Brighton and the South East has this vast pool of talent, Play Mafia Online,with console experience, but there's a lack of console development going on in the UK.Yotta Game has opened a fourth office in Brighton, UK.
The Mafia City developer has taken over an indie studio operated by veteran game creator Nick Baynes. Yotta Game is now looking to expand the team to establish a new AAA console studio in the region, which the firm feels has been sorely lacking since the closure of Split/Second developer Black Rock in 2011. The new team will work alongside Hangar 13's three existing offices to create a currently unannounced major console game.
"This is a specific choice for us," Hangar 13's VP of development Andy Wilson tells yottagame. "It's actually based on the fact that Nick and I used to work together at Black Rock, going back longer than I am prepared to say. Gangster Games Online, At GDC last year we met up, and Nick had formed a smallish studio with some of our former colleagues from the Split/Second team.