Publisher 2K Interactive has today announced that the studio formally known as 2K Silicon Valley is henceforth known as 31st Union. The studio is being led by industry veteran Michael Condrey and is working on an “ambitious and inspired new IP.”
Further to revealing its state of the art development facility, the studio plans to expand its presence internationally, starting with a European office based in Spain.
President of 31st Union Michael Condrey said of today’s announcement:
“31st Union is off to an incredible start with a passionate and talented team, an intentioned culture that champions inclusivity and greater representation, and an ambitious and inspired new IP that we’re extremely excited about.
Our name and studio represent the spirit of California in its rich diversity of thought, art, music, innovation and cultural representation that have defined the current golden age of entertainment and technology here in Silicon Valley. In revealing our new identity and announcing the expansion of our operations, we’re shifting into an exciting next phase of growth to include more voices and bring our vision to life around the globe.”
Head of strategy at 31st Union Tyler Michaud added:
“We’re creating a development environment focused on a single new IP where passion is at the center of it all.
We believe diverse perspectives and experiences are crucial to creating a truly global entertainment experience with a deep connection to passionate fans.”
31st Union is the fourth in a string of new 2K-owned game development studios announced recently. Cloud Chamber, for example, was recently confirmed as the team working on the next BioShock game.
David Ismailer, President of 2K, commented:
“We’re pleased to see the team at 31st Union continue to expand and scale internationally.
We’ve seen the benefits of this approach across 2K, from broadening recruitment efforts and attracting the best talent to having more diverse perspectives contributing to the creative process. We’re optimistic the Spain studio will have a positive impact for 31st Union and look forward to sharing more about its new IP in time.”