A a group of ex-Ubisoft developers, notable for their work on such titles as Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Far Cry 3, has formed a new studio called Sharkmob.

Sharkmob has now announced their first project, which will be a multiplayer game based on an unnamed “cult classic” IP. What makes the mystery of this new game even more compelling is the fact that Sharkmob has stated that they are working on it with an “undisclosed publisher.”

The studio is apparently not allowed to discuss details of what this new game will be or what “cult classic” it will be rebooting, however, they have stated that the game is being developed in the Unreal Engine, will be a “multi-platform project”, and will be an “action-packed” title that will likely carry an M-rating.

It was Sharkmob’s CEO (and former executive producer of The Division), Fredrick Rundqvist, who described the licensed IP as a “cult classic” during an interview with Venture Beat. He also stated that they have plans to turn the game into a franchise, and that regular content updates and “live services” will be available once the game has been released.

In addition, Rundqvist had the following to say:

“…in our opinion, the pure mechanics of that are not interesting if you don’t have the right IP, the right setting, the right fantasy to get people really excited about the game mechanics we provide. I guess that also gives you a hint as to what kind of game we’re making. We’re not really interested in making a more traditional single-player type of game. What we play privately, the kind of games we love, are very social, very competitive, always multiplayer. The more the merrier.”

Rundqvist also explained that he believes that his team’s aforementioned experience with working on various Ubisoft titles will be greatly beneficial as this new project moves forward.

“….I think this is fairly unusual about Sharkmob, which is that we have five guys who’ve done games for 10 to 12 years together, leaving together to start something new. We felt more safe working together again than we would have if we were just going off on our own. If you take the five of us, I don’t think it’s exaggerating that the five of us cover a 360 view of everything you need to know to start a company, start a studio, make a game, create an IP, be sure about technology, art direction, game direction, all that stuff.”

The fact that an apparently classic title is being given the reboot treatment is likely to spark interest among gamers, especially when they have to wait to find out exactly what it is. With any luck, new information about Sharkmob’s new project will come to light soon.


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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.