2K and Hanger 13, the publisher and developer behind Mafia III, are expanding into Brighton, UK, as part of furthering the studio’s reach and talent development pools.
The new office, which happens to be located in the centre of gaming-related media in the UK, will be headed by Nick Baynes, a veteran of UK game development. The UK department will collaborate with the teams in Novato, California and the Czech Republic across all aspects of development on all future Hangar 13 projects.
In a statement, Haden Blackman, the global studio head stated, “[Hangar 13] is incredibly excited to welcome Nick and the Brighton team into our growing Hangar 13 family. The new office allows us to tap into the rich game development talent pool throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, and will lead to better, more diverse games that resonate with the widest possible audience.”
Baynes himself is a resident of Brighton and has extensive knowledge of the UK games industry, particularly in the south-east. Baynes’s best known titles include Pure and Split/Second, which both provided new spins on the arcade racing genre. In a statement, the racing game aficionado said:
“The UK has some of the most talented game developers in the world and [Baynes] couldn’t be more excited to work with [Vice President of Development] Andy [Wilson] again to build a world class team in Brighton and help forge the future of Hangar 13.”
Hangar 13 is currently working on an unannounced AAA project, with a possible BioShock sequel being highlighted as a possibility.