PlaySide is a new mobile-focused Australian studio, founded from the remains of EA’s Visceral Melbourne. Former Visceral game designer Gerry Sakkas founded PlaySide with other former staffers of the shuttered studio. PlaySide is looking to begin development of its first game next month.
“We are all about making a completely tailored experience for the mobile platform, with the added quality and polish of a console game,” Sakkas told Kotaku AU. “Our biggest goals are to create unique and loveable characters and to make a real impact on the mobile games industry.”
Australia’s development scene has definitely taken a turn for the small and scrappy, following the closure or severe downsizing of the mega studios. Even massive publishers like EA are focusing on quality mobile development with Australian developers.