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Jade Raymond Joins EA, Opens New Studio

Ex-Ubisoft studio head and co-creator of Assassin’s Creed has now joined EA and has opened up a new studio in her home town of Montreal. Raymond will be working with Amy Hennig on a secret Star Wars title which is currently in the works at Visceral Games.

So first, Raymond has created a new studio within EA Games called Motive Studios. Motive will “work in close quarters with the BioWare team,” Raymond revealed in a blog post on EA’s website. “Yanick Roy and the BioWare Montreal team are doing some new and exciting things with Mass Effect: Andromeda and it’s clear that there is already so much talent to collaborate with on site.”

Raymond will be working along side Hennig who left her Creative Director position at Naughty Dog and has since been working on a secret Star Wars title which voice actor Nolan North let slip was “Star Wars in the style of Uncharted”, and “along the same lines” as a canned Star Wars game named Star Wars 1313.

“I’m a huge fan of the games that have come out of Visceral and I feel honoured to be working with such a talented team led by studio GM Scott Probst,” wrote Raymond. “I’ve also known Amy for years and have admired her work on the Uncharted games! I’m thrilled that the first big project that we will work on in Montreal will have Amy as Creative Director. An opportunity to work with her and the Visceral team, and to play in the Star Wars universe, is once-in-a-lifetime stuff.”

I’m definitely interested to see what Raymond gets up to and the sort of titles that are going to come out of Motive!