Ascendant Studios, a San Rafael, CA-based game developer, launched and secured an initial funding round of undisclosed amount.
Backers include entrepreneur and philanthropist Brian Sheth, the Co-Founder and President of Vista Equity Partners, a U.S. private equity software investor.
The company will use the funds to hire across art, engineering, and animation functions to create original games and content.
Founded by Bret Robbins, former Creative Director of Call of Duty, the Ascendant Studios team is currently at work on a wholly original, triple-A game, that harnesses the creative heft, narrative skills, and action/shooter expertise of its seasoned team.
A 20+ year veteran of game development, Robbins’ career has spanned multiple creative leadership roles for high profile hit games. He most recently served as Senior Creative Director for the globally revered Call of Duty franchise.
Prior to his time at Activision, Robbins served a seven-year tenure at EA.
As Founder and CEO of Ascendant Studios, he combines the principles of triple-A game design with the possibilities of an independent studio, to extend the entertainment, action, and emotional impact of innovative game development.
Joining Robbins in this venture, the founding team consists of top creative talent, that has contributed to some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful game franchises of all times, including Call of Duty, The Walking Dead, and Dead Space. Each member of the leadership team has more than a decade of industry experience, representing cinematic, technical, design, art, and storytelling disciplines.