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Video Game Veterans Establish Publisher and Developer New Tales

Video Game Veterans Establish Publisher and Developer New Tales - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 24 January 2022 / 1,543 Views

Former ActivisionBlizzard, LucasArts, SEGA, Sierra, and Ubisoft veterans have announced the establishment of a new publisher and developer called New Tales.

The company will be based in Paris, France and will "create fresh IPs through its own internal studios and provide state of the art publishing services with a global scope to other game developers through fair partnerships."

The average experience of the founders in the games industry is 22 years and have experience working on World of Warcraft, Jedi Knight, Half-Life, Counterstrike, Hearthstone, EverQuest, Call of Duty, Sonic the Hedgehog, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Overwatch, and many more.

"We have formed a team of passionate gamers with an unrivaled degree of experience, having grown some of the biggest IPs and player communities," said New Tales president and CEO Cedric Marechal.

"Gaming has rarely seen such an exciting time, fueled by tons of innovation and creativity. However, the frequency of new releases keeps rising rapidly, reinforcing the need for great international publishing. New Tales is a one-stop-shop publishing solution where we’re going to work with developers, as one united team, dedicated to maximizing success.

"We are also building our internal production capabilities to develop our own games and IPs. We are looking forward to joining forces with people who share our values and passion!"

Read details on the founding members below:

Onboard from day one is NEW TALES President and Chief Executive Officer Cédric Maréchal, who has almost three decades of experience within the industry working for companies like Blizzard, Vivendi Games, SEGA and Cryo, and having previously served as International Senior Vice-President of Activision Blizzard.

Also on board are; Chief Operating Officer Benoit Dufour, himself a former International Vice President of Activision Blizzard who also worked at Vivendi Games; Chief Growth Officer Delphine Le Corre, previously Senior Director EMEA at Blizzard and who also worked at Vivendi Games; and Chief Content Officer Emmanuel Obert, former EMEA Director at Blizzard after an initial career at Ubisoft.

They are supported by three senior advisers of game development, Kim Gresko, former Composite Artist at LucasArts and cofounder of Blue Silver Studios, Ray Gresko, previous Global Chief Development Officer at Blizzard and cofounder of Blue Silver Studios, and Julia Humphreys, former Overwatch Production Director at Blizzard and Senior Producer at Seven Studios.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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11 Comments
Chazore (on 24 January 2022)

As promising as they may be, and with who they have on board, my main question is "how long till you guys get bought out?".

Respawn reformed and got away from Activision, claimed independence for a total of a few years, then eventually got bought out by EA. You don't stay new and fresh for a decade before you're bought out by someone else these days.

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KrspaceT Chazore (on 24 January 2022)

They partnered with EA's partner program to help publish Titanfall and we know how that went with 2. Could easily go a different way. Depends on whom they partner with I guess.

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Chazore KrspaceT (on 24 January 2022)

EA told them to basically release TF2, and that was wedged directly in between EA's own BF1 and Acti's CoD. They knew that by doing that, they could lower Respawn's value, making them an easy and venerable purchase.

I just want these devs to remain independent, with no one at all buying them out.

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Vengeance1138 (on 24 January 2022)

Sounds like a studio that PlayStation would IMMEDIATELY Partner with in order to form close bonds and nurture and grow with before being acquired.

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KrspaceT Vengeance1138 (on 24 January 2022)

They could do so with someone else. Maybe they'll look to Nintendo and become the next Next Level Games.

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KrspaceT Vengeance1138 (on 24 January 2022)

Not seeing Sony mentioned. I put Sony in the find feature on it and the article and no Sony.

So for all we know they publish with Nintendo and in a few years they are Nintendo first party devs.

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Vengeance1138 KrspaceT (on 24 January 2022)

Not seeing Nintendo mentioned. I put Nintendo in the find feature on it and the article and no Nintendo.

So for all we know they publish with Sony and in a few years they are Sony first party devs.

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Vengeance1138 KrspaceT (on 24 January 2022)

Very Doubtful, Nintendo isnt in the acquisition game at all. This is all Sony's game they're playing.

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KrspaceT Vengeance1138 (on 24 January 2022)

Again where is Sony coming up in this?

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Vengeance1138 KrspaceT (on 24 January 2022)

Where is Nintendo coming up in this?

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