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Vicarious Visions Founders' New Company Signs Deal With EA

by Ben Reeves on Mar 25, 2019 at 11:48 AM

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Vicarious Visions wasn't a big name in gaming, but over the course of 25 years, the studio worked on ports for franchises like Skylanders, Guitar Hero, and Destiny. The studio also developed the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for Activision. Back in 2016, Vicarious Visions' founders – brothers Guha and Karthik Bala – spun off a new company called Velan Studios, and the duo just signed a publishing deal with EA.

Velan Studios isn't ready to offer details on its current project, but its press release says that the game is a "new and entertaining way to experience team-based action," and EA will be bring this new IP to consoles, PC, and mobile platforms.

“In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere," says Velan Studios president and co-founder Guha Bala. "They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game. We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future.”

For more on the history of Guha and Karthik Bala, listen to our interview with the brothers back in 2017 below.


Over the years, EA has gotten a lot of criticism for moving away from indie games and smaller projects, so this could be a change of pace for the company and a move in the right direction. Time will tell.