Axios has reported that the director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Eric Baptizat, has left Ubisoft to join EA’s Motive Studios. Baptizat previously worked for Ubisoft for 16 years, notably as lead game designer for recent Assassin’s Creed games Origins, Unity, and Black Flag, and directing Valhalla. He apparently joined in April, but the news hadn’t been reported until now.
This news is notable because of all the rumors and speculation pointing to EA reviving one of their dormant IPs — quite possibly Dead Space, which hasn’t seen a new game since 2013’s Dead Space 3. The third entry in the space-horror franchise didn’t sell particularly well, and when developer Visceral Games shut down in 2017, any hope for a possible sequel was dashed. That is, until now. A sequel to or reboot of Dead Space could very well be announced at EA’s next Play Live event next month.
EA Motive is a relatively new studio. They collaborated on 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II with DICE and created Star Wars Squadrons last year. Could a new Baptizat-led Dead Space be next for Motive? Time will tell.
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