Former developers of games like Journey and What Remains of Edith Finch start a new studio, titled gardens. Gardens will be a remote studio focused on creating multiplayer games with immersive new shared experiences. The studio’s founders include Chris and Stephen Bell and Lexie Dostal. The studio’s team members also have some pretty impressive resumes, with experience making games like Marvel’s Spider-Man, Skryim, and Ratchet & Clank.
Gardens’ top priority is health and happiness
If there’s one thing that makes Gardens unique, it’s their approach to game making. To talk with Destructoid, studio founder Chris Bell argues that the health of his teammates is just as important as the craftsmanship of their games. That’s probably why Gardens is opening as a remote studio. Bell also reveals that the studio is already working on a flagship project: a 3D fantasy adventure game for PC and consoles. To this end, the team states that their main focus is on creating “immersive, well-crafted, thoughtful games that cultivate new shared experiences between players online.”
Both Chris and Stephen Bell collaborated on What Remains of Edith Finch, a narrative adventure game released in 2017. Edith FinchChris Bell also worked at Thatgamecompany in 2012 as a game designer and producer for Journey. He later returned to the studio to work on the mobile title Heaven: Children of the light. Lexie Dostal is the co-creator of Dust powera 2D platformer released in 2012. With these many talented creatives under one roof, it’s hard not to get excited about what they could create next.
In other news, Sony plans to release at least 10 new live service titles by 2026 with the help of Bungie. Electronic Arts also plans to release 3 or 4 unannounced titles by April 2023.