Frost Giant Studios is headed by former Blizzard developers who worked on StarCraft 2, Warcraft 3, and more.
Last week, Blizzard announced that development of StarCraft 2 is winding down. It wasn’t a particularly shocking announcement—StarCraft 2 is 10 years old, after all—but it was very much an end-of-an-era moment for a seminal RTS and esport.
In an amusing and almost certainly coincidental bit of timing, a group of former Blizzard developers including a number of StarCraft 2 veterans unveiled a new studio today called Frost Giant Studios, with a website featuring these all-caps words plastered across the top: REAL-TIME STRATEGY RETURNS.
“Our mission is to build the next great PC real-time strategy game!” the site says. “We’ve been privileged to work for some of the greatest companies in the industry. Now it’s our turn to carry forward the legacy of epic storytelling, innovative co-op gameplay, and celebrated esports that make RTS great.”
Morten told VentureBeat that he decided he had a better shot at creating an all-new RTS outside of Blizzard—not because Blizzard doesn’t care about the genre anymore, but because it has too many other things going on. And it seems to be off to a strong start: The site says Frost Giant has raised $4.7 million to finance its first game.
“I knew that it was time for me to move on from Blizzard, and I saw I was in parallel exploring if it was possible to raise funding for a new RTS,” Morten said. “It’s incredible to me how that funding ecosystem for games has grown and continues to flourish.”
Specifics (or even just vague generalities) haven’t been revealed yet, but it sounds like the studio aims to stick with what it knows: The Frost Giant site says it doesn’t aim to “radically re-invent” the genre, but will “instead build upon what’s already great. RTS can evolve, but it doesn’t need to become something fundamentally different.”
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