NetEase Games, the online gaming division of NetEase, Inc, today announced the creation of its newest First Party studio, Jar of Sparks, a new studio with full creative freedom as part of NetEase Games.
The Jar of Sparks studio is led by Jerry Hook, former head of design on Halo Infinite, and has a team of industry veterans who have worked on some of the biggest franchises in video game history. Jerry is a pioneer in the gaming industry, having helped launch the original Xbox as well as a founding member of Xbox Live. He has held executive roles in various disciplines for the Halo and Destiny franchises, most recently as head of design for Halo Infinite.
Based in Seattle and looking to recruit globally, Jar of Sparks is a new studio with a team of industry-leading creators with a desire to build new franchises, with all-new characters, stories, and worlds, to inspire the imagination of gamers everywhere. the world. the world. CEO and studio head Jerry Hook will be joined by creative director Paul Crocker, who served as narrative director on the Batman: Arkham trilogy and assistant creative director on Halo Infinite; executive producer Greg Stone, who worked as a producer on DOOM (2016) and Halo Infinite; and gameplay director Steve Dyck, who has worked as animation director and design director for many AAA games, including the SSX franchise, the NBA Street franchise, and the Halo franchise (4, 5, and Infinite), and most recently, the director of characters and combat for Halo Infinite.
Jar of Spark's mission is to create a new generation of narrative-driven action games, with immersive worlds that will be filled with moments players will want to share with one another. To do this, our goal is to build a diverse and collaborative team of talented creators who will bring whole new worlds to life.
CEO and Studio Head Jerry Hook explains, “We've made games for some of the biggest gaming companies and now it's time to try and put our own personal lightning in a bottle. We want to create something new, innovative and that's a blast to play. When looking to create a new studio, the most critical part of finding the right partner was being aligned with the fundamental goals of having the freedom to take innovative risks and putting the passion of our creators first. This meant that our player experiences came before the deal, which in itself is a risk. NetEase came to the table with a strong creative first approach; they have demonstrated the same passion we have for our players and built new experiences that we believe players are looking for.”
Jar of Sparks is building a world-class studio, with a team culture that encourages the growth of its individual members and ensures that everyone has the freedom to offer their input on each project, using a development model that ensures they maintain their personal life as a top priority. Jar of Sparks is looking to hire talented people from all walks of life and those interested in joining the team on their journey can check out the site oficial do Jar of Sparks and LinkedIn page.