Former Blazblue series Producer Toshimichi Mori has started his own studio, dubbed Studio Flare and based in Tokyo.
According to their website, Studio Flare was co-founded by Mori as well as Toshinori Aoki, former Executive Vice President at Marvelous.
The studio has received funding from NetEase Games, the games arm of NetEase Inc and co-developer of Diablo Immortal.
While the studio’s first project has not been announced, the website lists several open positions for 2D and 3D artists, as well as infrastructure engineers.
The studio’s press release describes its goals as “to create games with an edgy feel that bring excitement to hardcore gamers”, as well as teasing that their goal is to develop a console game.
NetEase’s support of the studio continues its recent trend of investing in Japanese talent, after recruiting former Yakuza series producer Toshihiro Nagoshi as well as Grasshopper Manufacture, lead by Goichi “Suda51” Suda.
Mori’s departure from Arc System Works came as a shock to the community, after it was suddenly discovered he was no longer on the company’s board of directors.
While Blazblue has not released a new fighting game since Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, the IP itself is not dormant, with titles like Blazblue Entropy Effect in development for mobile and PC.