Former lead writer on Overwatch, Michael Chu, who left Blizzard in March 2020 after 20 years, is reportedly working on a “multiplayer character action game” at 2K’s 31st Union studio, where he is the narrative director.
At Blizzard, Chu was the senior designer for lore and story in Overwatch as well as the game’s lead writer. He was responsible for writing character backstories, most of the in-game dialogue, and producing the game’s animated shorts. He also wrote for Blizzard’s Diablo and Warcraft universes.
Meanwhile, Blizzard is currently developing Overwatch 2, which will feature a story-driven campaign as well as the first game’s multiplayer. The game, a standalone sequel, was announced at BlizzCon on November 1, 2019, though no release date has been revealed as of yet.
According to Twitter user MauroNL3, who looked through job ads at 2K, 31st Union is developing a “multiplayer character-action game,” and is recruiting experienced developers who have worked on “action, shooters, or multiplayer titles.” The characters in the new project are said to be “diverse and innovative” and “will be loved by players for years to come.”
“On a personal note, it is towards this goal that I’ve joined a new project as Narrative Director at 31st Union,” Chu wrote in a blog post for GamaSutra when he began at 31st Union. “I could not be more excited about this opportunity, and to collaborate with a group of talented developers who are committed creatively and organizationally to building a studio and creating games that represent these values.”
Chu said the studio’s mission is to tell “diverse, representative stories” as well as create systems that help the company “authentically and accurately represent underrepresented groups” from around the globe to promote an inclusive environment where a diverse group of creators can convey their own experiences.
In 2019, 2K, which has published BioShock, Borderlands, Carnival Games, Mafia, NBA 2K, Sid Meier’s Civilization, WWE 2K and XCOM, announced it was establishing a new studio in Silicon Valley, which would be headed by Sledgehammer Games and Visceral veteran Michael Condrey. A year ago, 2K confirmed that the studio would be called 31st Union.
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