Publisher 2K has today announced that a brand new game development studio called Cloud Chamber has been founded.
Cloud Chamber is expected to build a team at two locations: 2K’s San Francisco Bay Area headquarters in Novato, as well as Montreal, Quebec. But the news doesn’t stop there, because also included in the announcement is that Cloud Chamber will be working on the next iteration of the acclaimed Bioshock franchise. The game is expected to be in development for the next several years.
Speaking on the announcement, David Ismailer, President of 2K had this to say: “As we continue growing our product portfolio, we remain inspired by opportunities to invest further in our valuable IP, great people and their collective, long-term potential. BioShock is one of the most beloved, critically praised and highest-rated franchises of the last console generation. We can’t wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge.”
Kelley Gilmore who is a 22-year industry veteran will serve as Cloud Chamber’s Global Studio Head, and will be the first woman in 2K history to lead a development studio. Kelley Gilmore has been involved for several years in Firaxis Games, another of 2K’s wholly owned studios, working on franchises such as Sid Meier’s Civilisation and XCOM.
“We founded Cloud Chamber to create yet-to-be-discovered worlds – and their stories within – that push the boundaries of what is possible in the video game medium,” said Kelley Gilmore, Global Studio Head, Cloud Chamber. “Our team believes in the beauty and strength of diversity, in both the makeup of the studio and the nature of its thinking. We are a deeply experienced group of game makers, including many responsible for BioShock’s principal creation, advancement and longstanding notoriety, and honored to be part of the 2K family as stewards of this iconic franchise.”
Joining Gilmore at Cloud Chamber is Ken Schachter who will be Studio Manager in Montreal.