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.