As one of the leading men behind some of the world’s biggest franchises in entertainment, J.J. Abrams has been known to be a lover of many different types of entertainment, and now it appears that his own production company is preparing to move into a new space: video games.
Over on The Hollywood Reporter, news has surfaced that Bad Robot Productions, the film and television production company run under filmmaker J.J. Abrams, will be launching a brand new division devoted to video game development called Bad Robot Games.
The new division is being created in partnership with Tencent and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, with the former being responsible for the division’s game distributions in outside markets (mainly Asia), while WBIE will be acting as a minority investor in Bad Robot Games.
Specifically, Bad Robot Games will be working to create new and original titles on both larger-scaled and indie titles for consoles, mobile, and PC, according to details of the division’s founding.
The division itself will be headed by Dave Baronoff, who has worked on numerous games and interactive pieces of content at Bad Robot since 2006. Projects at the studio will be worked on by internal staff at Bad Robot — including artists, designers, and writers — while “established developers” will also be employed to work on the division’s game projects.
In a statement, Abrams explained:
“I’m a massive games fan, and increasingly envious of the amazing tools developers get to work with, and the worlds they get to play in. Now we are doubling down on our commitment to the space with a unique co-development approach to game making that allows us to focus on what we do best, and hopefully be a meaningful multiplier to our developer partners. Dave’s creativity, deep passion and skillful leadership will be incredibly valuable as we harness our partner Tencent’s expertise, experience and reach to bring our games to audiences around the world.”
Bad Robot Productions was founded in 1998, and since then the company has been a creative force behind numerous feature films and televisions that (typically) have had some sort of fantasy or sci-fi edge. Among the studio’s many works include films such as the rebooted Star Trek series, Cloverfield, Super 8, Lost, Alias, and Westworld.