Volition Rises From The Ashes as a Group of Ex-Developers Form Shapeshifter Games, Co-Developing Clockwork Revolution

UPDATE: inXile Entertainment has confirmed Shapeshifter Games is co-developing Clockwork Revolution.


It’s been almost five months since Embracer Group shuttered Saint Row developer Volition back in late August as part of an ongoing restructuring plan, but now it seems some of the studio’s veteran developers have come together to form a new development studio, Shapeshifter Games, according to TechRaptor via the developer’s new LinkedIn page.

“Shapeshifter is a new co-development studio that was started by pulling together a group of experienced developers from Volition. We are focused on AAA game development. One of the [company’s goals] is to create a more sustainable environment for developers to do their best work. Shapeshifter is always searching for talented developers to help us grow. Please reach out. We would love to hear from you,” Shapeshifter Games said in a LinkedIn post.

At the center of the formation is Volition’s former principal producer, Rob Loftus, who notes in an announcement post on LinkedIn that “the industry climate remains tough” as game companies continue to lay off their employees but adds that he is “hopeful for more groups like us and for the brighter days ahead.” Joining him on this “new adventure” include fellow former Volition developers, including Alex Cline (designer), David Andsager (software engineer), Matt Madigan (studio head), Brian Traficante (creative director), Darren Dienst (designer), Chad Dodson (level designer), Bryan Dillow (designer), and Jeff Touchstone (level designer), Game Developer notes.

The newly formed studio added that it’s already working “with a top publisher on their next great IP.” As for the publisher in question, the studio’s lighting artist, Aj Nelson, on his LinkedIn profile, reveals that the publisher is actually Microsoft, detailing that Shapeshifter Games is co-developing on an Xbox Games Studios project.