Sumo's Atomhawk division is opening a brand new art studio in the UK.
The location of this venture has not been disclosed as of yet, but it would be the third site that Atomhawk has opened. The firm currently runs studios in Gateshead in the UK as well as Canada's Vancouver.
This new venture will be headed up by Nader Alikhani, who was previously the creative development director at the company's Vancouver office.
“Strategically, Atomhawk has always looked to provide end-to-end visual development support, and the new Technical Art studio allows us to stay ahead of the curve by offering the next logical step in our services,” Atomhawk HM Tim Wilson said.
“Our partners have been requesting increasingly technical solutions to problems. This new technical art focused team will allow Atomhawk to build deeper creative relationships throughout the lifetime of projects and integrate more closely with client’s systems and pipelines. Additionally, the technical art studio will provide research and development (R&D) to create bespoke tools to aid existing workflows used elsewhere in the business such as concept art and motion graphic design.”
Nader added: “The role of Technical Artist is an increasingly important one, bridging the gap between traditional artist and programmer. Our new technical art studio expands the capability of Atomhawk’s existing services and allows clients to tap into a more comprehensive, end-to-end solution that covers not only conceptual design but also implementation in-engine. The ability to leverage our world class concept art and design team plus game development support from a wide array of Sumo Group studios means Atomhawk can offer a high quality, broad, and bespoke service giving us a unique place in the external development market.”