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Hi-Rez establishes three development studios

And it has added art and esports specialists to bolster publishing plans

Hi-Rez Studios has split out its development resources into three separate studios.

The three studios are called Titan Forge Games (working on Smite), Evil Mojo Games (Paladins) and Heroic Leap Games (Realm Royale). Each studio are hiring additional staff to increase their output.

Chris Larson, previously executive producer for Smite and Paladins, will oversee the three teams as general manager for first party studios.

"The establishment of Titan Forge, Heroic Leap and Evil Mojo as standalone studios enables each of our development teams to fulfill their maximum potential and stay hyper focused on serving their individual player communities," stated Larson. "We view game operation as a marathon, not a sprint. Our games are built to provide near constant updates over many years. By giving each major game its own dedicated studio and identity, we empower them to control their own destiny and focus exclusively on their player communities, while still having access to our leading shared publishing services."

The move is designed to help the company as it increases its publishing services for external teams. Other Hi-Rez subsidiaries includes Skillshot Media (esports production business) and Alacrity Arhouse (technical art services), which are designed to bolster the company's publishing expertise.

"Our new Hi-Rez Publishing Group is designed as a service organization, whose sole mission is to enable each of our partner studios to reach their full potential and best serve their respective gamer communities," explained Hi-Rez Studios president and head of publishing Stew Chisam.

"By structuring ourselves in this manner, we allow the organization to scale to multiple games more easily, while ensuring our existing game communities receive a better, more focused service than ever before."

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