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EmptyVessel Is A New AAA Studio Formed By Former Activision, Naughty Dog Devs

Veteran game designers from the likes of Activision, id Software, and Naughty Dog have established a brand new AAA studio named emptyvessel, which is currently working on its debut project.

The new development team comprises of talent that has worked on some of gaming’s biggest franchises, including DOOM, Call of Duty, The Last of Us, Uncharted, and Tomb Raider. Emptyvessel is helmed by Emanuel Palalic (CEO, Game Director) and Garrett Young (COO, General Manager). The team’s debut project will “leverage their experience in the immersive shooter space,” and will be powered by Unreal Engine 5.

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Complementing emptyvessel’s lineup are Wei Ning (CTO), Alex Palma (Art Director) and Rico Flores (Animation Director), with the studio based in Austin, Texas, although operates remotely with staff based in various regions around the world.

Speaking on the formation of emptyvessel, CEO and Game Director, Emanuel Palalic, commented:

Many game developers like myself began our journey fueled by the dream of one day bringing our worlds to life. By prioritizing and aligning with our strengths, we’re confident it’s possible to create AAA-quality games with smaller, focused teams. The industry has often overlooked the people who pour their hearts and souls into crafting these worlds. With emptyvessel, we’re determined to change that narrative and make that dream a reality for as many developers as we can.

Emptyvessel has a goal of developing top-quality video games and taking risks to create ‘new refreshing types of entertainment experiences.’