Former Journey, Spider-Man, Skyrim devs form new studio

The team says its first game will have a unique take on a shared-world multiplayer experience


A team of gaming industry veterans has formed a new studio called Gardens.

Based primarily in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, but functioning as a fully remote studio, Gardens was founded by Chris Bell (Journey), Lexie Dostal (Dustforce) and Stephen Bell (What Remains of Edith Finch). Other members of the team, meanwhile, have worked on the likes of Marvel’s Spider-Man and Ratchet & Clank (lead artist Ryan Benno), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (principal engineer Rose Dale) and The Hobbit (art director Leighton Milne)

In a press release, Gardens described the types of games it aims to make, and they certainly sound in line with the likes of Journey.

“These artfully-crafted, living environments will be designed to foster rich multiplayer interactions while relying on care by their communities in order to thrive,” said Gardens of its planned game worlds. “They are games that aspire to cultivate lasting friendships (like Journey, Sky, or Way before them) while encouraging players to be considerate of each other and the world they inhabit together.”

The studio is currently hiring for a number of positions — those interested in applying can do so here.