Horizon Zero Dawn developer, Guerilla Games, is currently the largest video game studio in Amsterdam, and it appears that their next move will solidify them in that position for years to come.
Guerilla Games CEO, Hermen Hulst, revealed that the studio will be moving into a newer, larger space at the beginning of next year. The move will also allow plenty of room for the company to expand its current roster of 250 permanent employees up to 400.
“Last year I saw that [retail housing developer] Kroonenberg was working on this building and approached it,” Hulst told Dutch publication Het Parool. “My fear was always that we would have to leave the city, but Amsterdam is part of our identity. This is where we came into existence and [where] we have always been in our ambition to be the best game company in the world.”
Formally a newspaper printing press, Guerilla Games will be leasing five floors within the Telegraaf complex, which will total 7,300 meters. There will be plenty of room in the new space, with creativity and inspiration at the forefront of the design plan. Guerrilla is even planning on installing life-sized characters from their games as fixtures within the office. “We’re going to turn it into a palace, and our communal space is on the top floor, with the most beautiful view,” stated Hulst.
Although Sony was forced to close the Cambridge branch of Guerrilla Games in early 2017, the studio has seen resounding success as a PlayStation first-party developer with its most recent title, Horizon Zero Dawn, as well as with its Killzone franchise. The larger space and additional staff will help drive the studio forward with its goal of releasing A-list games more often, which will include games based on existing franchises, as well as entirely new titles. Hulst has indicated that the plan is to release more games within the next two-to-three years.
It will be fun to see what Guerilla Games has in store for the future, especially considering that the studio’s latest release Horizon Zero Dawn was incredibly well-received. The title currently sits at a rating of 89 on Metacritic, while its expansion, Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds, maintains a score of 83.