Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has teamed up with former head of slot machine maker WMS Larry Pacey to form to a mobile game startup called Nuclear Division, VentureBeat reports.
Nuclear Division will be based in San Fernando Valley in LA, near Respawn's headquarters. Zampella told VentureBeat that mobile is growing so fast, it's "silly to ignore [it]." He also said he'd considered exploring mobile game development within Respawn, where he continues to be head of the studio, but decided it was not a good fit for the studio, which focuses on console games.
"It's a device that I play on because I always have it with me," Zampella said. "It always connected. You're engaged with it. There's something you can do with that. I'm not saying one is better than the other, in terms of console versus mobile. It's a different gaming experience. Both interest me."
"Mobile is where the eyeballs are at," Pacey said. "There is this whole other marketplace in mobile that can take advantage of innovative creative content. The two of us are starting a new venture to create this."
The two co-founders did not reveal what kind of games Nuclear Division will work on, but they did say the studio is working on technology for a new platform. The studio currently has less than a dozen employees, with a view to grow to 50.
Zampella told VentureBeat that while it is unlikely that he will make the switch to mobile game development, he "would apply learnings from this back to Respawn."
"I think that would help future-proof both of these companies," he said.
Zampella co-founded Respawn Entertainment with Jason West in 2010. West left the company in 2013.