Visceral Melbourne dev founds mobile studio

PlaySide to begin production in January 2012

A game designer from EA's recently closed Visceral Melbourne studio has founded a new mobile developer.

According to a report on Kotaku Australia, Gerry Sakkas was offered the chance to relocate to one of EA's studios in the US following the closure of Visceral, but instead chose to start a company with former colleagues Aaron Pasias and Mark Goulopoulos.

PlaySide will begin production on January 16, 2012, with a goal of bringing AAA production values and techniques to the mobile market.

"The goal was to create a studio with people who were accustomed to aiming for AAA quality, take that talent, and tailor it to a mobile audience," says Sakkas, who will serve as CEO of PlaySide.

Sakkas believes that many AAA developers have got the approach to mobile development "terribly wrong" by simply re-packagaing console experiences for mobile gamers.

"We are all about making a completely tailored experience for the mobile platform, with the added quality and polish of a console game. Our biggest goals are to create unique and loveable characters and to make a real impact on the mobile games industry."

Latest comments (2)

Alex Bunch Proof Reader, ZiCorp Studios6 years ago
Melbourne used to be called Batmania! That's one for the pub trivia quiz.
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Murray Lorden Game Designer & Developer, MUZBOZ6 years ago
Good luck PlaySide. All the best.
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