That’s No Moon Studio formed by ex-naughty dog ​​and Infinity Ward developers

Former employees of studios including Naughty Dog, Infinity Ward and Sony Santa Monica have created a new AAA company known as That’s No Moon.

The company, which also has former employees of Bungie and Electronic Arts, has secured a $100 million investment from Smilegate, the studio behind Crossfire, to fund its debut project, which will be a story-driven action-adventure game.

The project will be led by Taylor Kurosaki, former head of narrative design for Naughty Dog, who will serve as creative director, as well as Jacob Minkoff (former lead game designer on The Last of Us), who will take on the role of director.

Other members of That’s No Moon include:

  • Michael Mumbauer (CEO, former head of PlayStation’s Visual Arts Group)
  • Tina Kowalewski (chief strategy officer, current EVP and board member of Giant Squid and former director of product development at Sony’s Santa Monica Studio)
  • Nick Kononelos (COO, former senior director of development at EA)
  • Barry Genova (CTO, formerly head of foundation engineering at Bungie)
  • George Allison (CFO, former head of finance for the Global Services Division at PlayStation)

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Mumbauer noted:

We started That’s No Moon with a unique vision of creating unforgettable stories and characters that will define and extend our medium. I’m proud to share that ambition with such a talented team of creators and our incredible partners at Smilegate.

That’s No Moon will have its staff based in Los Angeles and San Diego, and is expected to expand to as many as 100 by next year.

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