Last year was massive not just for Crystal Dynamics, but Square Enix and the Tomb Raider franchise as well, after all, it was Lara’s 20th birthday so they had a lot to do to celebrate that. 2016 is behind us now though and so Crystal Dynamics are looking to the future; new adventures, new ideas and this week, a brand new studio.
In order to grow the business and take their work to the next level, Crystal Dynamics decided to purpose build a brand new studio with state-of-the-art facilities; “We have some great new amenities, from hydraulic desks for everyone to adjust as they like, to black-out shades and light absorption paint for those darkness-loving developers.” stated Scot Amos, co-studio head of Crystal Dynamics. But it wasn’t just those small environmental details they added, they built the place twice the size of their previous studio with company expansion in mind. That means more meeting rooms kitted out with the latest 4K screens, more office space, dedicated gaming stations with both consoles and PCs, as well as the most important room of any business, a huge kitchen, where all the yummy food is kept.
From a personal viewpoint, this is more than just a move to a new home, it’s a statement of intent. A move like this is a big investment and suggests that we should be expecting BIG things from the guys at Crystal Dynamics over the next couple of years.