Former developers on DOOM, Wolfenstein The New Order & New Colossus at Machine Games, Michael Paixao and Joel Jonsson, have formed their own studio, Bad Yolk.
Based in Sweden, the new studio has a focus on employee health and happiness to attract the best talent and make the greatest, most creative and technically superior games possible.
“After years of working with some extremely talented people on some really great projects we felt it was time to branch out on our own to create a new kind of studio,” said Michael Paixao from Bad Yolk. “Obviously high quality video games should be fun to play, but we also believe that they should be fun to make and that creativity thrives best in a healthy and balanced work environment, which is a central pillar of our corporate message and structure.”
The studio’s core team is consists of 10 senior AAA developers with a combined 90+ years of experience and over 14 AAA titles shipped including Chronicles of Riddick, Eve Online, Gears of War, The Division, The Darkness and many others. At the moment of writing, the team is already well underway in developing its first, as yet unannounced, new IP.
"Everyone has a shared vision of creating the best game we can, with the freedom to experiment and grow as artists and game developers", Bad Yolk's website reads.
Has worked in the games industry since 2007 and made the jump to Sweden in 2011. Started his Swedish game development trip at Ubisoft Massive in Malmö then later moved on up to Machinegames in Uppsala. After staying at machine games for just over 4 years it was time for a new challenge in life, working on games like The Division, Wolfenstein New Order, Old Blood, New Colossus and DOOM it was time for this tried and true veteran to start his own studio, Bad Yolk Games.
Fresh out of college Joel joined Machine Games 2013 as an Intern and not long after that landed a job as a Technical Artist and has worked alongside Mike on Wolfenstein New Order, Old Blood, New Colossus and DOOM. Joel felt it was the right thing to join Mike and help co-found Bad Yolk Games.
More information about the studio can be found on its official website.