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As a leader in the gaming industry, Jade Raymond is no stranger to innovative work. He has led teams that have built franchises Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs. In March 2021, he formed Haven StudiosComposed of some of the best and brightest game developers and industry veterans.
Now, in July 2022, just 16 months after its inception, Haven becomes the 18th addition to PlayStation Studios. The SIE Blog caught up with Jade to learn more about Haven and find out what’s next.
Now that Haven is officially part of the PlayStation Studios family, what does that mean for the studio?
Jade Raymond [JR]: The team is thrilled to officially join such a special group of studios. Teams like Naughty Dog, Insomniac, Guerrilla, Sucker Punch, and Media Molecule have created some of our favorite games, and now Surreal is part of the same family. We are very grateful to be part of an organization that is deeply committed to delivering the highest quality games. We now have the support we need to realize our ambitions at Haven.
How many team members are in Haven now and still growing?
JR: I’m happy to announce that we just passed 100 team members at Haven. We recently welcomed several outstanding cloud engineers to the team, including Jalal El Mansour, who served as a technical architect. Rainbow Six Siege and was part of the team at Google that led the technical vision for cloud-based game development. Our goal is to maintain our small studio atmosphere as we continue to add core talent.
We know you can’t say much, but how is the project going?
JR: I’m happy to share that the game is already fun! We play every day and it inspires us to go further. Our current project will be Haven’s first game and our first new IP for PlayStation. We want to offer you the best game. The stakes are high, but we have a great team and believe we can create something innovative that people will enjoy playing.
You’ve led the creation of two highly successful original IPs and built multiple teams and studios from the ground up. Any words of wisdom you can share with someone looking to pursue a career in gaming?
JR: Follow your passion. If you risk it, follow your heart and be patient. This way you will definitely achieve significant success.
What inspires and excites you in game development today?
JR: What inspires me the most is that games become places where people can meet, express themselves and share special experiences. We’re social creatures, and I’m excited that games allow people to connect in ways they can’t in the real world.
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