Haven Studios thus becomes the first Canadian studio for PlayStation, a development mecca where talent recruitment is the subject of intense competition. We also feel the advantage of having Jade Raymond as director: the column is already working miracles and it is above all word of mouth that the team already has 106 employees, most of whom worked for Ubisoft. and / or Motive Studios and / or or Google Stadia. As we already knew, Haven Studios is working on a new license which is one of the gaming services that Sony Interactive Entertainment plans to release in the coming years.
Founded during the pandemic, Haven Studios sees itself as a studio designed for the modern world of development, which goes beyond tools optimized for remote working. According to the new interview published in Games Industry, the studio employs about twenty engineers specialized in the cloud to develop ways of working that allow it to be more productive in managing games-services. “This is our main goal: we want to make the development team more efficient and able to produce new ideas faster.“Says Jade Raymond.
We also learn that Mark Cerny, emblematic architect of PlayStation consoles since PS4, has come to put his two cents into the organization of the studio and more precisely in its R&D department. “This is not only related to the cloud, but also to more forward-looking research and development. I can’t say much right now, but that’s obviously one of the things that attracts us about our partnership with PlayStation. Of course, Mark Cerny is also something of a rock star, and being able to collaborate with him is really exciting.“, Comments Jade Raymond.
The director remembers that Haven Studios isn’t meant to work from home alone. Jade Raymond has already said that, she believes in the virtues of office work, particularly because certain spontaneous exchanges often don’t happen otherwise. Haven Studios then found a location in Montreal and found that more people go there than expected, even without having established strict attendance rules. “Yes, we have gotten used to staying at home and see the benefit of not being interrupted in our work, but once people are in the office they start to feel happier and leave invigorated.“Says Jade Raymond.
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