2K announced the founding of Cloud Chamber Monday, the newest owned game development studio under their publishing label. Cloud Chamber is being its team at two locations: 2K’s San Francisco Bay area headquarters in Novato, California, and Montreal, Quebec, the first Canadian office for a 2K studio.
2K also announced Cloud Chamber has begun working on the next iteration of the BioShock franchise, which will be in development for the next few years.
“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,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K. “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.”
Kelly Gilmore, a 22-year industry veteran, will serve as Cloud Chamber’s Global Studio Head. Gilmore will be the first woman in 2K history to launch and lead a development studio. Her role will be based in Novato.
“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.”
Gilmore has chosen Ken Schachter to be Cloud Chamber’s Studio Manager in Montreal. Schacter will be an ambassador for both the studio and 2K in establishing the company’s presence in Montreal.
Cloud Chamber will join the Company’s family of wholly-owned development teams. These include Visual Concepts, Firaxis Games and 2K Silicon Valley.