Ubisoft has hired four developers from Telltale Games to bring their “wealth of storytelling expertise” to the company’s San Francisco studio, which is currently working on the recently-delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Ubisoft made clear in the press release, however, that the new blood will focus on Ubisoft San Francisco’s “future projects”.
The new hires are creative producer Adam Sarasohn (Tales From The Borderlands), narrative director Pierre Shorette (The Wolf Among Us, Tales From The Borderlands), and senior design directors Dennis Lenart (The Walking Dead, Minecraft: Story Mode) and Nick Herman (The Walking Dead).
“We are excited to welcome these strong industry veterans to our skilled team at Ubisoft San Francisco,” Ubisoft San Francisco executive producer Francois Pelland said in a statement. “As we continue to expand our portfolio of games, we look to hire the best talent in the industry and infuse team members with a shared passion for development.”
Ubisoft did not give any hints as to which projects the four will be working on, but this certainly appears to be quite the heist for the San Francisco studio. The biggest loss for Telltale appears to be Herman, who joined Telltale in its startup days as its first cinematic artist and helped oversee The Walking Dead: Season One as lead cinematic artist and game director. Herman has shipped more than 40 games in his career, according to the Ubisoft statement.
Meanwhile, Ubisoft San Francisco is still moving forward on South Park: The Fractured But Whole. The sequel to The Stick of Truth was originally slated for release in December 2016 before being pushed back to 2017.
The game was then delayed a second time two weeks ago, with Ubisoft simply saying the game will be out sometime in its next fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 to March 2018. It’s unlikely the game will actually take another year to hit store shelves, but the broad release window does seem to imply that there’s still a decent amount of work to be done.
As for Telltale, the developer is working on its Guardians of the Galaxy title, which might be out as soon as April, if a recent rumor is to be believed. That would get the game in stores just weeks before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters. Telltale Games is also finishing up Episode 3 of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier.