Jade Ray­mond has announced the for­ma­tion of an inde­pen­dent stu­dio called Haven, and they are already booked for their first project: a new orig­i­nal IP for PlaySta­tion plat­forms. The new stu­dios is based out of Mon­tre­al, and its project is being backed by Sony Inter­ac­tive Entertainment.

Ray­mond made the announce­ment on the PlaySta­tion blog, and while it most­ly speaks to her stu­dio’s out­look and phi­los­o­phy, she does men­tion that Sony’s “com­mit­ment to excel­lence is unmatched.” She also stat­ed that the game has “their back­ing and sup­port.” The blog was also addressed specif­i­cal­ly to the PlaySta­tion com­mu­ni­ty, giv­ing the impres­sion the new IP will be some sort of exclusive.

We want to cre­ate worlds where play­ers can escape, have fun, express them­selves, and find com­mu­ni­ty,” Ray­mond said. “We want to pour our pas­sion into a project. We want to make some­thing won­drous for peo­ple to expe­ri­ence. Because we believe in the pow­er of games to bring joy to peo­ple’s lives.” She also not­ed that the stu­dio is named after her out­look that games are haven for players.

The blog also stat­ed that it’s been a “strange and dif­fi­cult” year, due to mul­ti­ple fac­tors– the pan­dem­ic, social injus­tice, and job elimination. 

Ray­mond was recent­ly impact­ed by the Google Sta­dia stu­dios when they shut down entire­ly. She had pre­vi­ous­ly been attached to this ini­tia­tive when it was shut­tered, and they wished her the best of luck. No one ever saw what her team was plan­ning for Sta­dia-exclu­sive games.

Ray­mond has been involved in a few big fran­chis­es like Assas­s­in’s Creed, and for a time was work­ing with EA for a Star Wars game.