Disney to launch studio for Nintendo games

MUMBAI: The Walt Disney Company’s interactive entertainment affiliate Buena Vista Games, Inc will be forming a new video game development studio dedicated to creating innovative games for Nintendo platforms called Fall Line Studio.


Based in Salt Lake City, Fall Line Studio’s focus is to develop games based on Disney’s characters, television shows and entertainment franchises as well as creating new intellectual property for the Nintendo DS and Wii game systems.


Built around a core of industry veterans, the studio will focus on small-team, creative projects that leverage the Disney brand in new and innovative ways. Fall Line Studio will operate as a sister studio to Buena Vista Games’ award-winning Avalanche Software studio.


Industry veteran Scott Novis will serve as vice president and general manager for Fall Line Studio. Prior to this position, Novis served as general manager of Rainbow Studios. His experience in the video game business and knowledge of the industry will allow Fall Line Studio to capitalize on the power of the Disney brand and deliver innovative games for the mass market.


“This studio will be one of our centers of creative excellence and it gives us the ability to fully capitalize on our properties and expand our market share on Nintendo platforms. Scott Novis brings the perfect mix of team building and relevant business experience to the position of studio head for Fall Line Studio,” said Buena Vista Games senior vice president and general manager Graham Hopper.


“The opportunity to grow a new studio for Buena Vista Games after success with Rainbow is right in line with my goal to create great games for the mainstream. BVG has an excellent management team, a can-do corporate culture and a treasure trove of great intellectual properties that make it exciting for us to start something new,” said Fall Line Studio vice president and general manager Scott Novis.


BVG has a strong reputation for creating games for Nintendo platforms and is the No. 3 publisher of Game Boy Advance titles in North America. The strength of the company’s famous characters, Disney Channel properties and entertainment intellectual properties provide Buena Vista Games with a deep catalog of content.


Buena Vista Games’ family of studios also includes Propaganda Games in Vancouver, British Columbia; Avalanche Software and Climax Racing in Brighton, England.

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