Bad Robot Productions' games division, Bad Robot Games, is forming its own in-house game development studio called Bad Robot Games Studio led by Left 4 Dead creator Michael Booth.
Bad Robot is a film and TV production company formed by J.J. Abrams, which formed a games division in 2018 with funding from Tencent and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
The new split of Bad Robot Games will be made up of two teams: in-house development team Bad Robot Games Studio, and a creative co-development team that works with external partners.
Booth will join in the role of general manager following a stint as social VR director for Facebook. He is also the founder of Turtle Rock Studios and has worked at Valve, Blizzard, and EA, though he is perhaps best-known as the creator and designer of Left 4 Dead.
Bad Robot Games Studio will develop original IP for all platforms and will collaborate with Bad Robot's film and TV departments.
"My career has been driven by a desire to innovate new ways of bringing people together for epic adventures online, leaving them with exciting stories they can tell their friends afterwards," said Booth.
"The games I create center around people working together to survive and thrive in fantastic worlds, which seems an excellent fit for J.J. Abrams' approach to moviemaking. As a huge fan of J.J.'s work, I'm incredibly excited by the unique opportunity to create something new at Bad Robot Games Studios in collaboration with the world-class talent at Bad Robot."