Hi-Rez Studios just added three development studios and an art service company to its lineup — this is in addition to its media studio Skillshot.
The new studios all fall under the Hi-Rez banner, each handling development on one of Hi-Rez’s current games. Now, SMITE will continue development under Titan Forge Games, as will Realm Royale under Heroic Leap Games, and Paladins under Evil Mojo Games. As for the art service company — Alacrity Arthouse — it will offer a variety of media related services including 3-D modeling, FX, concept art, video creation, and more.
According to statements from Hi-Rez’s Chris Larson, who will oversee these development teams as the general manager for first-party studios, the individual studios were created to allow each team to focus on their individual communities.
“We view game operation as a marathon, not a sprint. Our games are built to provide near constant updates over many years. By giving each major game its own dedicated studio and identity, we empower them to control their own destiny and focus exclusively on their player communities, while still having access to our leading shared publishing services.”
It also allows Hi-Rez as a company to broaden its scope, with the newly created Hi-Rez Publishing Group functioning as a service organization. According to Stew Chisam, Hi-Rez Studios president and head of publishing, the new structure will allow for more ease in scaling to multiple games, “while ensuring [their] existing games communities recieve a better, more focused service than ever before.”
As a bit of a side note, I was poking around on the new sites and it appears that Hi-Rez has another project in the works. Whether this will fall under one of the current companies or a new one will be created isn’t indicated. When you click on job listings on any individual site it takes you back to Hi-Rez proper and there’s a section full of listings for an unannounced game.