Eden Games veterans form Blossom Minds

Ten former members of Test Drive Unlimited 2's deeply troubled developer Eden Games have formed new indie studio Blossom Minds, saying, "We are done with AAA titles; let us bring the OOOOOOH! instead."

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Indie startup Blossom Minds has announced its existence, formed from former members of Test Drive Unlimited 2 and Alone in the Dark developer Eden Games (via Eurogamer). The French studio has been hit by massive layoffs from owner Atari, which prompted a one-day "symbolic" strike in May.

"We are done with AAA titles; let us bring the OOOOOOH! instead," Blossom said in today's statement.

Blossom Minds comprises ten former members of Eden Games, including a lead programmer, a lead character artist, a senior level designer, and physics CTO Ludovic Chabanon--who is now Blossom's CEO.

"The company's aim is to create original and quality content for the digital distribution market," Blossom said. "Blossom Minds is built on strong gameplay values, graphical skills and in-house state of the art technology, making smaller games but with big production polish." Chabanon's profile on industry networking site LinkedIn mentions Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network specifically as target platforms.

Blossom Minds' first game is already in development and slated to launch in 2012, though it has yet to be formally announced.

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    July 5, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Eden Games veterans form Blossom Minds.

    Ten former members of Test Drive Unlimited 2's deeply troubled developer Eden Games have formed new indie studio Blossom Minds, saying, "We are done with AAA titles; let us bring the OOOOOOH! instead."

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      July 5, 2011 6:03 AM

      When have they ever made a AAA title?

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        July 5, 2011 6:30 AM

        Test Drive Unlimited BLOPS edition

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          July 5, 2011 9:23 AM

          The TDU2 Giant Bomb Quick Look is funny as hell. Well, the part from the "best of quick looks" series on YouTube, but I'll have to watch the whole thing sometime.

          Lots of "former AAA devs start new company making iOS games" stories lately; I think I saw three this morning, including this one. There was another one started from ex-Ubisoft Montpellier devs that was announced this morning.