Former EA VP Rod Humble to head new Paradox Tectonic studio

Rod Humble will lead the charge as head of new Paradox Tectonic studio.

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Paradox Interactive has announced the opening of a new internal development studio called Paradox Tectonic, which is opening in Berkeley, California.

The new Paradox studio will be led by Rod Humble, former executive vice president at Electronic Arts and former CEO of Linden Lab, who brought us Second Life. The news came today via Paradox's official blog, where a press release announced that Paradox Tectonic would lead development on a new game and IP that would be published by Paradox Interactive, with details coming further down the line.

The studio joins the list of Paradox internal studios, including Paradox Development Studio in Stockholm, Paradox Arctic in Umeå, Sweden, the Paradox mobile development team in Malmö, Sweden, Triumph Studios in Delft, The Netherlands, and Harebrained Schemes in Seattle.

“Opening a studio in the California Bay Area puts us in the heart of one of the largest gaming and tech communities in the world,” said Ebba Ljungerud, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “Rod Humble and his team bring a wealth of experience and a studio leader who has led work on games that have shaped the industry several times over. We hope to have some earth-shaking news to share from the Tectonic team soon.”

As far as what kind of game Paradox Tectonic will be bringing to the table, we don't know just yet, but we're hoping to hear more about that over the next few weeks.

“Our aim with Paradox Tectonic is to create open, fun, beautiful games which respect the players' intelligence and enables their creativity, freedom, emotion, and sharing,” said Rod Humble. “Our studio structure is using best practices for modern development: a flat organization in a low-friction environment with a team of highly experienced domain experts. It’s a privilege to be reunited with so many world-class colleagues from so many triple-A projects, and the team and I are delighted to join Paradox and be part of driving the company’s next cycle of growth. Our shared values of quality and putting the customer first made Paradox the perfect fit for us.”

Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates on what's next for the Paradox portfolio.

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