Former Call of Duty, Dead Space Creative Director Forms Ascendant Studios

Former Dead Space creative director Bret Robbins today announced the formation of his new studio, Ascendant Studios.

The independent studio, which will be based in San Rafael, California, was established after it secured the necessary funding to “create pioneering original games and content.”

Robbins, who was a senior creative director on Call of Duty: WWII and served as creative director on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, has enlisted the services of industry veterans for his new venture.

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The official logo for Bret Robbins’ California-based studio. Credit: Ascendant Studios

According to Ascendant Studios, members of the leadership team have “more than a decade of industry experience, representing cinematic, technical, design, art and storytelling disciplines.”

Billionaire, entrepreneur and philanthropist Brian Sheth, who is the co-founder and president of Vista Equity Partners, has played a part in the backing of Robbins’ newfound studio.

Its first title has already been put into development, with Ascendant Studios saying that it will “harnesses the creative heft, narrative skills and action/shooter expertize of its seasoned team.”

“This is a dream I’ve had for years, and I’m so excited to finally have the opportunity to start a brand-new studio,” Robbins said.

“Our focus is on making high-quality original games. We are in a rare position where we have the freedom to do things the right way without outside pressure and make something that is truly new and exciting.

“The team we are assembling is fantastic and already feels like a family.

“I’m thrilled to have our initial investment backed by Brian, who has been so supportive of the team and has a history of supporting founders and CEOs with vision.

“He brings a huge amount of experience, best practices and leadership to us. He has given us the creative freedom to make games that we think players will love.

“He clearly wants to build and empower a winning team and deliver innovative content to a global audience.”