Chinese giant Tencent is opening a new development studio in Seattle.
As reported by GamesBeat, the firm's TiMi is setting up shop in Washington's Bellevue, and currently boasts a team of 25 people. The venture is being headed up by Scott Warner and Rosi Zagorcheva, who Tencent hired last year.
TiMi Seattle is working on a new first-person shooter with a focus on competition and live service for both PC and console.
“It was attractive to me in the same way that it has been for a lot of our team members and that a lot of people in triple-A are now in these mega-franchises that really can’t do original titles,” Warner said.
“They’re kind of risk averse. And so the teams kind of have two choices either go independent on a smaller scale or they continue to work on sequel after sequel.”
Warner was hired by TiMi in May 2020. Until now, TiMi has been best-known for its mobile titles, including