Brass Lion Entertainment is a new studio comprised of developers who cut their teeth on Fallout 3, Mass Effect 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Sleeping Dogs, and its first project is Corner Wolves (via GameInformer).
Chief visionary officer and one of the founders Manveer Heir announced the creation of the studio in a post published to Medium. Within the blurb, Heir explained that Brass Lion Entertainment would produce “original fictional universes that center on Black and Brown characters, cultures, and stories, something we feel is sorely lacking right now.” He elaborated that the video game industry is “predominantly white and male” and these voices get to design games that may have varied stories and diverse heroes without consulting those who are of that background.
“As a result, we are left with an industry that often misses the mark when it comes to representing our collective communities and cultures,” Heir said. Joined by co-founders Rashad Redic as chief creative officer and Bryna Dabby Smith as chief executive officer, its first fictional universe is Corner Wolves. Evan Narcisse, journalist and author of the Marvel Comics’ Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel, is its lead writer and the project will get music supervision from multi-Platinum, Grammy award-winning producer Just Blaze.
Corner Wolves follows the story of Jacinte, a young Afro-Latina teenager seeking her father’s killer. Exploring how gang culture and the war on drugs shaped childhoods in Harlem in the 1990s, Corner Wolves will be coming to “multiple media”, delivering interactive elements and linear conventions to take the first steps into its universe.
“Properties like Black Panther show that you can authentically center Black and Brown characters and creatives and still reach a global audience,” Heir affirmed. “Our sincere hope is that other studios are inspired to follow our lead and realize that diversity in entertainment is more than just a check-box; it’s a way to achieve high quality, authentic results and expand sales into new demographics and audiences, which are growing by the day, while telling unique and compelling stories.”
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