Former members of Firaxis Games and ZeniMax have founded Bit Reactor, a new studio. Per their website, they are an “independent AAA video game studio founded by a team of veteran developers with a history and passion for revolutionizing player experiences.”
According to Venture Beat, the studio was co-founded by Greg Foertsch, the former art director of XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2.
According to a press release, Foertsch plans big things from Bit Reactor in the turn-based strategy genre.
“We have a very team-oriented culture and we’ve assembled an amazing group of talented, experienced, and dedicated game developers to inject rich storytelling, immersive presentation and rock-solid game mechanics to give this genre its rightful time to shine – a golden age of turn-based games is upon us.”
If a studio is looking to helm the golden age of turn-based games, then Bit Reactor is likely to be the developer to do it. Despite its release in 2016, Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is as popular as ever. It is still lauded as one of the best in the genre. XCOM 2, which was also released in 2016, was also met with praise.
Since then, there hasn’t been much in terms of big releases. We’ve seen some expansions and DLC for Civ 6, but that’s (sadly) all done now.
Bit Reactor is already “hard at work” on their first title. They are also hiring for “most positions.” We’ll let you know once we get wind of their first project.
As a big Civilization fan, I’m excited to see what’s in store.