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SEGA opens 10,000 sq ft UK studio for Alien game

MP Vaizey welcomes Creative Assembly's expansion to 200 staff

SEGA-owned UK studio The Creative Assembly is to open a new 10,000 square foot facility in West Sussex, in order to create a "triple A title on console" based on Fox's Alien franchise.

"Within about a year we'll be on about 200 staff," claimed Creative Assembly studio director Tim Heaton up from around half that presently.

The game's development will be lead by the team responsible for console Total War spin-off Viking. A release date and platforms are unconfirmed as yet, but SEGA told GamesIndustry.biz that releasing Alien on rumoured next-generation consoles had not yet been ruled out.

Visiting the Creative Assembly's HQ in Horsham, West Sussex to see the game this morning was government MP Ed Vaizey, who claimed to be impressed by the Alien title. "Very close to where we are standing there are geniuses at work developing a game on 20th Century Fox's Alien", he said. "The graphics are amazing, the concept is amazing."

Of CA's plans to increase its headcount in order to realise the game, Vaizey observed that "If you're one of the top developers in the country come and work here, on a game to take the world by storm. If anyone outside this room is listening please send your resume to the Creative Assembly."

CA's Heaton told GamesIndustry.biz, in an interview to be published soon, that the developer had approached staff recently laid off from nearby studio Black Rock for possible roles in the Horsham office.

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John Jennings Senior Producer, Machinegames5 years ago
Very nice to see a success story for the UK dev scene
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Timothy Hotston Graduate 5 years ago
"Very nice to see a success story for the UK dev scene"
True it is good to hear, like how Jagex are hiring ex-Black Rock Studios staff.

If you want more information on the actual game:
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/300...
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham5 years ago
Great news for the UK industry. Always nice to hear of studios expanding and new ones opening.
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Between this and Playground announcing 50 new positions it's been a pretty good week all round
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Steve Hird Senior Concept Artist., THQ Digital Studios UK5 years ago
Great news and a brilliant franchise too, there's been too much focus of late on companies folding although that can't be helped. This is a real turn around! and gladly we're seeing more of this kind of thing where people are setting up and expanding in the UK.

Very best wishes to the new studio and staff.
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Callum Brighting Programmer, Headstrong Games5 years ago
Fantastic news! Just down the road from me as well... expect a CV in the post ^^
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Sebastian Moss Editor -in- Chief, PlayStation LifeStyle5 years ago
Nice to hear something positive for once, and good to see Sega continuing to support the UK. Here's hoping a bunch of Black Rock staff were hired.
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Richard Badger Director, Production, Juice Games5 years ago
Had to double check the date on this story! Some welcome good news. Best of luck guys.
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