Earlier this year, it was rumored that Cryptic Studios’ Seattle location had been shut down by owner Perfect World. Today footage from a number of former employees appears to point to one of the studio’s unreleased projects.
The video and images that have appeared show dinosaurs and other animation tests. According to fansite JurassicWorld.org, artists that previously worked at Cryptic’s Seattle location reference this footage but label it as an “unannounced title.”
The project appears on the resume of animator Sabrina Phillips and demo reels for Jae Sung Han and Silvia Uchida. It’s important to note that this is never explicitly stated to be a Jurassic World game. The connective tissue is the figure in the blue polo shirt that bears a strong resemblance to Chris Pratt, who played Owen Grady in the film.
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While Cryptic hasn’t commented about the status of its Seattle location, designer Svea Eppler indicates via her LinkedIn profile that the team was disbanded in April. The closure was apparently due to an international reorganization. Perfect World is headquartered in Beijing, China.
Eppler and Phillips both indicate the project was headed to PC and current-gen consoles. Uchida’s LinkedIn account indicates the project was a “AAA MMOG” for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The IP remains under NDA. Producer Tom Atkinson-Edwards describes the game as “open world.”
While Cryptic as a larger studio (there’s a location in Los Angeles) is working on Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, Perfect World has never commented on the status of its Seattle operation. The studio was purchased from Atari for $50 million in 2011.
We’ve reached out to Perfect World for a statement on the status of its Seattle location and this test footage. We’ll update should we receive a response.
It’s far too early to tell how this project would have come together. In fact, given that Cryptic as a larger entity still exists, it’s possible this is still in development. If it is, in fact, a Jurassic World tie-in, that would necessarily have some additional layers of secretiveness around it.
The “man in blue” certainly bears a resemblance to Chris Pratt, but it’s far from definitive. What we can likely say is that a number of employees who were with the allegedly shuttered Cryptic Seattle location were working on this game prior to leaving the company.
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