Private Division Announces New Kerbal Space Program Studio
Private Division and Take-Two Interactive announced this week the formation of a new studio that’s been founded to work on the Kerbal Space Program franchise. Based out of the Seattle area, this new studio will be “bringing to life the next generation” of the franchise that sees players embarking on different space-faring scenarios while meticulously managing their strategies and equipment. This new studio will continue working on Kerbal Space Program 2 which Take-Two Interactive said is planned for a release somewhere within the company’s 2021 fiscal year.
Kerbal Space Program 2 was announced last year, as a joint venture between Private Division and developer Star Theory Games, previously responsible for the likes of Planetary Annihilation and Monday Night Combat under the name Uber Entertainment. According to Take-Two which acquired the Kerbal Space Program rights from original developer Squad in 2017 work on the sequel will now move in-house, with the game being the sole focus of Private Division’s newly established studio. Star Theory studio head Jeremy Ables, creative director Nate Simpson, and lead producer Nate Robinson will all make the move.
Michael Worosz, EVP and Head of Private Division said:
“Since we acquired Kerbal Space Program in 2017, we have consistently produced, high-quality content for our community, which in turn has resulted in strong growth, both in terms of new players engaging with the franchise, and our ambitions to take it to the next level,”
“The opening of this new studio, whose purpose is dedicated solely to the ongoing development of KSP, is a reinforcement of our promise to bring the best experiences to our fans and players for Kerbal Space Program 2 and beyond.”
The original Kerbal Space Program, created and with on-going development by Squad, released on PC in April 2015 and has sold more than 3.5 million units worldwide. The title has been widely popular with the media and consumers alike, earning a Metacritic rating of 88 and a Steam user score of 92%. Kerbal Space Program 2 is the sequel to the original game and the second in the series for the franchise. It is now being developed by Private Division and is set to release during Take-Two’s fiscal year 2021 (ending March 31, 2021).
Kerbal Space Program 2 is scheduled to release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms during the 2021 fiscal year.