Solomon Lee, Mat Milizia and Jeremy Wood, all former developers of World of Warcraft, recently teamed up together to form Frostkeep Studios. The studio has been operating stealthily for the past year, collecting team members with projects like League of Legends, Overwatch, and Wildstar under their belts. This includes Overwatch’s composer Neal Acree, set to contribute to the creation of the studio’s first game: Rend.
“Our team has been fortunate to work at many of the industry’s leading studios throughout our careers so we have learned valuable key lessons along the way that we are now applying to our studio’s development philosophy and game making process.” -Mat Milizia, co-founder of Frostkeep Studios
Rend is set to be a hybrid between fantasy and survival games, placing the players in a fantasy world in the middle of a great war where players will be forced to choose one of three factions to play their character in. These are “sly and cunning Conclave (purple faction), the proud and brutal Order (orange faction), and the mystical and intelligent Revenant (green faction)”. Like other survival games, mechanics like exploration and resource gathering will be present; while still keeping classic RPG talent and skill systems. This is meant to allow players to tailor their character as much as they like, allowing for heavy roleplaying or storytelling within the game.
The game will be online and multiplayer, with a weekly server event called “The Reckoning” being a key part of the gameplay experience. Rend will also be equipped with a real-time environment, including a day/night cycle and changing weather.
“We are delivering a fully developed game experience with Rend that both the community and our own team wants to play. Having players involved from the beginning is important so they can influence and evolve the future direction of the game as it heads towards full launch. We will regularly be adding new content and systems to Rend throughout early access process and are excited to see how the community will respond and contribute to this new world.” – Jeremy Wood, co-founder of Frostkeep Studios.
Rend is set to release on Steam Early Access sometime this spring, and sign-ups for pre-alpha are open on Frostkeep Studio’s official website.