JJ Abrams Partners with Tencent To Form Bad Robot Games
Renown movie director JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Trek, Star Wars) partnered with Chinese media giant Tencent (and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will be a minority investor) to form Bad Robot Games, a division dedicated to the creation of mobile, console and PC games, both large scale and indies.
Dave Baronoff will be the studio head, while Tim Keenan (the creator of Duskers) is going to be the creative director. Tencent will have commercial rights to distribute titles made by Bad Robot games in Asia.
JJ Abrams said to The Hollywood Reporter:
I’m a massive games fan, and increasingly envious of the amazing tools developers get to work with, and the worlds they get to play in. Now we are doubling down on our commitment to the space with a unique co-development approach to game making that allows us to focus on what we do best, and hopefully be a meaningful multiplier to our developer partners. Dave’s creativity, deep passion and skillful leadership will be incredibly valuable as we harness our partner Tencent’s expertise, experience and reach to bring our games to audiences around the world.
This isn't the first time JJ Abrams makes the news in the games industry. In November 2015, he entered a partnership with Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment to create SPYJINX, "a unique mix of action strategy gameplay, dynamic world building and RPG character development – all set in a thrilling, treacherous world of espionage".
The game, initially scheduled to hit PC and mobile, hasn't been seen yet. However, development is still ongoing according to the official Twitter account.
The team is still hard at work on the game. We'll make more announcements soon!
— SPYJINX (@spyjinx) February 5, 2018