CastAR snaps up ex-Avalanche staff to bolster new Salt Lake City studio

From toys-to-life to mixed reality

CastAR snaps up ex-Avalanche staff to bolster new Salt Lake City studio

Mixed reality hardware firm CastAR has set up a new studio in Salt Lake City and hired a number of former Avalanche Software staff to get it started.

The new studio is set to double CastAR's development abilities as it gears up to launch its first piece of consumer hardware in 2017.

The Salt Lake City team will be overseen by recently-hired COO Steve Parkis, who will co-ordinate the studio with the games team at CastAR's Palo Alto office.

Casting a wider net

"Our new castAR SLC team has creatively-inspired talent that has delivered at the highest levels of quality," said Parkis.

"We're excited to have them join us in creating a new generation of gaming through mixed reality experiences.

"With their experience in bringing massive franchises to life through breakthrough interactive design, the addition of this team is our next bold step in launching a dynamic platform that will bring awe-inspiring mixed reality to households."

The ex-Avalanche staff have experience in mixed reality through their work in toys-to-life, having previously worked on Disney Infinity before it and the studio were shut down in May 2016.



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