Abubakar Salim's Silver Rain signs publishing deal with EA Originals

Date Type Companies involved Size
March 12th, 2021 partnership Electronic Arts
Silver Rain Games
Not disclosed
Abubakar Salim's Silver Rain signs publishing deal with EA Originals

UK-based games studio Silver Rain has signed with Electronic Arts' EA Originals label.

The publishing giant is apparently providing funding for the developer's upcoming new IP, in addition to general advice. Silver Rain Games was founded just under a year ago by actor Abubakar Salim (pictured), best-known for voicing Beyek in 2017's Assassin's Creed: Origins – and more recently for playing Father in the HBO show Raised by Wolves – alongside studio head Melissa Phillips. She previously led the BAFTA Games Programme.

"In what has been a challenging year, we have assembled an extraordinarily creative and worldly team who are eager to work on projects that bring their global perspectives to life," Salim said.

"Together we will construct an exciting universe that unlocks the power of storytelling and the brilliance that brings. We couldn’t be happier to work with the EA Originals team, who are phenomenal partners for us as we begin this journey. Not only does each of them understand our vision to inspire and entertain, but they also welcome this exciting new age of game development.”

Phillips added: “We have spent the last year really growing our team and have some exceptionally talented people supporting us on putting this game together. I am so excited to see the team grow again and really have the opportunity to showcase the quality of the work they are creating.”

EA's VP of strategic growth Matt Bilbey said that Silver Rain is a "bold new" outfit.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be working with Abu, Mel and the entire team at Silver Rain," he said.

"They are a bold new independent studio who will create distinct, innovative new experiences. We look forward to supporting them on this epic adventure they are on and when the time is right, connecting them with a global audience of players.”

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