A handful of folks left jobless in the wake of EA Chicago's closure
last November have banded together to form their own independent development studio, Robomodo
. The company was actually -- and quiet stealthily we might add -- formed in January 2008 by a number of EA Chicago vets, including Robomodo president and director Josh Tsui, who revealed to GameDaily that the fledgling studio has already been tapped by Actiblizzard
to create a new title based on one of the publisher's IP.
As for what exactly Tsui and company are up to, the team isn't talking specifics, saying only that it is a "high-profile extreme sports title," familiar territory for developers who worked on such franchises as Fight Night
, Mortal Kombat
and Def Jam
. Given the group's experience with these sorts of titles, coupled with Tsui's admission in a separate Gamasutra interview
that a "good chunk" of those working on the project also helped create Fight Night Round 3
for EA, we wouldn't be at all surprised if Robomodo's plans include trying to go toe-to-toe with their former employers in the ring.
Stay tuned tomorrow for an interview with Robomodo's Tsui and Michicich.