World of Tanks creator Wargaming has partnered with Ukranian developer Frag Lab to build a new shooter in new IP.
The 125-person strong Kiev-based Frag Lab is formed of veterans from Battlefield 2, Crysis, and Warface - and not to be confused with Blackwood Games, which formed from the ashes of Crytek's Warface team in Kiev.
Notably, the collaborating studios have gone all-in on Amazon tools to build the next-gen free-to-play shooter, with a host of Amazon Web Services, GameLift, and the Lumberyard engine.
"When Frag Lab approached us with their vision of what they wanted to develop, we felt that it perfectly matched our core values, and their passion was palpable," said product director Shahzad Khan.
"We knew by combining their experience working on a successful shooter with our unrivalled free-to-play expertise, together we could bring this vision to life."
Amazon’s Lumberyard hasn’t had much room to flex since its launch in 2016, besides The Grand Tour video game, Sweet Bandit Games’ Coffence, and causing a legal headache for Star Citizen developers Cloud Imperium and Roberts Space Industries.
With former Crytek employees on board, however, this collaboration could be the CryEngine-derived engine’s time to shine.