Mike Laidlaw, formerly the creative director of the Dragon Age series, has teamed up with former Ubisoft personnel in Frederic St-Laurent B., Jeff Skalski, and Thomas Giroux to form a new game studio called Yellow Brick Games. Based in Quebec, Canada, the studio plans to get to work soon on “focused, high-quality titles that put the player experience first,” promising to emphasize “innovative gameplay and original IPs.” You can read the full profile below as it appears on the team’s official website.
Yellow Brick Games was founded in 2020, in beautiful Quebec City, the provincial capital and growing game development hub in Canada. The studio was founded by a group of industry veterans who found themselves keen to work with an agile team, on projects that could deliver innovative and emergent gameplay crafted by a small, highly skilled team.
We believe very strongly in creating digital playgrounds. The more interactivity and freedom a game can give to a player, the more immersive and compelling it can be, so long as there are clear rules that guide those interactions. We feel that a truly emergent game can engage players through their own creativity and will offer tools that let our players share those experiences.
Yellow Brick Games takes the challenge of building a healthy culture as seriously as building great games. Ours is a culture of commitment, where the team guides the work that can be done in each block of time, and each member accepts responsibility for and commitment to their own deadlines. We take wellness seriously, and our schedules are designed with flex in mind to account for the unpredictable nature of game creation and to leave room for inspiration.
We don’t know what Yellow Brick Games is getting up to just yet, and we don’t even know if the team will deliver its titles to Switch, but it’s already got enough notable talent for us to keep the new studio on our radar. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get a look at their first project soon.