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Former Disney studio Avalanche Software re-opens under Warner Bros.

Currently at work on Cars 3

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Avalanche Software, Disney’s former game development subsidiary, is back in action. After shutting down last May, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based studio has been reestablished under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the company announced in a press release.

Although it’s now under the Warner Bros. umbrella, the re-opened Avalanche Software maintains much of the same development team and leadership it had at Disney. That includes John Blackburn, who served as senior vice president.

The first new project from the studio will be, appropriately, a Disney-themed one, Warner Bros. announced today. Avalanche Software is working on an adaptation of Cars 3, which is due out later this year. The studio will also be developing non-Disney projects as well; the Cars 3 game originally began life back when Avalanche was a Disney-owned studio.

Founded in 1995 as an independent studio, Avalanche previously worked on games based on Dragon Ball Z and Mortal Kombat before Disney acquired it. After that, credits included Cars 2: The Video Game, as well as the Disney Infinity franchise and other games based on Disney and Pixar films.

The studio shuttered in 2016 alongside Disney Interactive Studios when Disney announced it was pulling out of game development. The company said it would instead focus on licensing its properties to other publishers, such as Electronic Arts and, of course, Warner Bros.

Cars 3 — which has had some pretty frightening trailers already — will be in theaters on June 16.

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