Former Ubisoft scripwriter Corey May joins Certain Affinity as studio eyes expansion

Halo, Call of Duty co-developer Certain Affinity expanding into full AAA game developer

Austin-based independent game developer Certain Affinity, who has worked on such franchises as Call of Duty and Halo, is expanding into "full AAA game development." And to help make that jump, the studio has hired Corey May as Narrative Director.

"A recognized film and games industry scriptwriter and producer, May brings deep experience in narrative design and direction for top-tier publishers and film studios.  May joins Certain Affinity as the AAA developer enters an ambitious new phase," the studio boasted.

May joins Certain Affinity from Ubisoft Montreal, where he oversaw narrative direction on all studio projects, including Assassin's Creed. Other credits include Army of Two, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Batman: Arkham Origins.

"Joining Certain Affinity as the company’s narrative director is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Corey May.  "The projects are so interesting and intriguing…but it is the entire company team that is the real draw.  There’s just so much talent and passion on display here – and it’s infectious," said May.

In its press release, Certain Affinity made it clear they are transforming "from a studio doing primarily co-development on major AAA titles, into a stand-alone game development studio creating best-in-class, top-tier console and PC games."

No specific plans or games were mentioned, but with the experience this studio has with blockbuster franchises, I'm eager to see what they can do as a stand-alone studio.