State of Decay studio founder forms new developer Possibility Space

The founder of State of Decay developer Undead Labs—Jeff Strain—has announced he’s started up a new studio named Possibility Space.

The new studio intends to build “joyful games around human experiences”. Though “based” in New Orleans, the team will actually operate as a “distributed studio” with staff based remotely. To help kickstart the new outfit, Strain has assembled a team of industry veterans.

These include Jane Ng, who previously worked at Campo Santo and Valve and worked on Firewatch and Half-Life: Alyx. There’s also Liz England who’s worked on Sunset Overdrive and Watch Dogs: Legion along with Brandon Dillon, former technical director on Grim Fandango Remastered.

“We felt this was the right time to create something new–a studio built from the ground up to embrace evolving needs and perspectives for both players and developers,” Strain said in the full statement. “Like many others, the past year and a half has been a fraught time for me. While I am grateful that my family is safe, the anxiety, fear, and isolation of the last 18 months has been almost unbearable at times. That fear and isolation was the catalyst for Possibility Space, a modern kind of game studio, where we are creating a joyful game that’s been my dream for many years.”

There’s little on when we can expect Possibility Space’s first offering just yet, though Strain has said to IGN the aim is for the team to make a AAA game. His previous studio, Undead Labs, was acquired by Microsoft back in 2018 and is currently working on State of Decay 3.

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