Two developers from Sly Cooper
house Sucker Punch Productions revealed they founded Seattle-based Loose Cannon, an independent studio that is currently working on an unnamed original property for new consoles.
Loose Cannon co-founders Dev Madan and Matthew Scott will serve as creative director and technical director, respectively, for the new studio. Madan worked as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist for Dark Horse Comics, Marvel and DC, and co-created the comic Young Heroes In Love
before helping launch Sucker Punch. He also helped launch game maker Humongous Entertainment.
Although this is the first emergence of information surrounding this studio, Sony clarified that Madan and Scott left Sucker Punch in 2005 following completion of Sly Cooper 3
, and that Loose Cannon was quietly formed in the fall of 2005.
Before Sucker Punch, Scott had worked for Monolith and Crave Entertainment, and has contributed to games including No One Lives Forever
and Sucker Punch's Sly Cooper
series and the upcoming PlayStation 3 game, Infamous
Also a co-founder is Ricci Rukavina, who will serve as president of Loose Cannon. He's worked at Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and has also worked on films including Jurassic Park, Alive
. On the games front, Rukavina worked at Universal Interactive Studios and Vivendi Games, where he was creative director. While there, he worked on games including the Spyro the Dragon
franchise, The Thing
. He also served at Disney as VP of creative/product development, according to a statement from Loose Cannon.
The studio added that it "will focus on the development of highly original IPs for a variety of consumers."
Sony-owned Sucker Punch released three Sly Cooper
games on PlayStation 2. While they didn't achieve the popularity of Sony's other mascot-based games like Jak & Daxter
, game reviewers typically gave the series very high marks. The studio is currently working on Infamous