PlayStation have announced that they’re forming a brand new studio, Haven Entertainment, and that industry veteran Jade Raymond will be the studio’s founder.
Who’s Jade Raymond?
Raymond has been working in the industry for 25 years, working at Ubisoft and EA’s Motive Studio. Most recently, Raymond was the head of Stadia Games and Entertainment for 14 months, before Google unceremoniously announced that they were ending all internal development on Stadia games.
In the official PlayStation Blog post about the announcement, Jade Raymond goes into detail about what led her to this stage of her career: “It’s been a strange and difficult past 12 months. The pandemic, social injustice, and job elimination have impacted many of my closest friends, family, and co-workers. All of these factors, paired with an inability to see friends and family face-to-face, lulled me into a kind of self-reflective cocoon where I had to ask myself some tough questions about what really matters.
“And so today I’m announcing Haven, an independent studio where many of the talented game developers I have worked with for years (and love dearly!) are coming together to do what we are most passionate about. It’s time for us to refocus on GAMES in a place where we can practice our crafts without any barriers or impediments.
“We want to create worlds where players can escape, have fun, express themselves, and find community. 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. And Sony does, too. Their commitment to excellence is unmatched. It’s why I couldn’t be happier for their backing and support.”
What Will Haven Be Working On?
Jade ends the blog post by confirming that Haven are working on an unannounced IP and they they can’t wait to show more. The fact that it’s just an “unannounced IP” and not an “unannounced original IP” could (emphasis on could) suggest that they’re working on an already established property, but that’s pure speculation. I could just be reading between the lines when there’s no lines.
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