ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain announces new Crop Circle Games studio

The studio features a host of industry veterans and will be headed by Studio Director, Jessica Brunelle.


Jeff Strain, ArenaNet co-founder and founder of Undead Labs, announced the launch of a new independent studio today called Crop Circle Games. The studio is the second to fall under Strain’s imprint, Prytania Media, and is reportedly supported by investments of $25M from strategic partners and the Transcend Fund.

The studio features a host of industry veterans, many of whom have worked at Strain’s other studio, Undead Labs. Crop Circle Games will be headed by Jessica Brunelle as its Studio Head, with Brunelle having previous experience on projects like State of Decay and State of Decay 2. The studio will likewise feature Doug Williams as its Creative Director, Art Director Ocala Scott-Bellows, Design Director Nick Mhley, Tech Director Braeden Shosa, and Narrative Director Josh Scherr.

It’s noted in the press release that Crop Circle Games will be a “fully distributed studio” similar to its sister studio under Prytania Media, Possibility Space.

Image from the Crop Circle Games website showing info about the studio and names of some of the people tapped to work at the studio
© Crop Circle Games

“In a dispiriting political, economic, and environmental time of history, what a pleasure to be part of a team creating a joyful, productive zone of creativity, positivity, and innovation,” Strain says in the announcement.

All in all, it’s exciting to hear about the formation of a new independent studio and we look forward to learning more about the sort of games Crop Circle will develop in the future. For more on Crop Circle Games, check out the studio’s official website.

And while we wait to learn more about the studio, be sure to brush up on some of our previous coverage including State of Decay 3 developer Undead Labs being accused of having a toxic workplace environment, and the past release of the Homecoming DLC for State of Decay.

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