Jade Raymond is a long-time industry veteran who has announced a brand-new Montreal-based studio called Haven. According to Jade, her new venture is currently working on a brand-new IP for PlayStation as their first big project. While details are scarce at this time, Haven promises to deliver a “wondrous experience” for gamers.
The announcement of Haven is great news for gamers. Especially given that by the sound of things, the studio has been backed by Sony on its first original project. Jade Raymond is also no stranger to gaming. Her career portfolio spans the likes of Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and even leading Google’s first-party games studio for the Stadia platform.
Raymond worked at the Stadia-based studio until Google shut its doors earlier this year. She then began working on Haven.
“It’s been a strange and difficult past 12 months. The pandemic, social injustice, and job elimination have impacted many of my closest friends, family, and co-workers. All of these factors, paired with an inability to see friends and family face-to-face, lulled me into a kind of self-reflective cocoon where I had to ask myself some tough questions about what really matters.”
Raymond says that Haven is an independent studio backed by many talented game developers she has worked with in the past. They have all come together to do what they are most passionate about and that is game development.
It’s time for us to refocus on GAMES in a place where we can practice our crafts without any barriers or impediments. We want to create worlds where players can escape, have fun, express themselves, and find community. We want to pour our passion into a project. We want to make something wondrous for people to experience. Because we believe in the power of games to bring joy to people’s lives. And Sony does, too. Their commitment to excellence is unmatched. It’s why I couldn’t be happier for their backing and support.
As of now, there’s literally no information on the Haven PlayStation project. Hopefully, we see more of their exclusive IP in the near future.
Source: PlayStation Blog