Former Days Gone Director Opens New Studio to Develop “First True Web 3.0” Game

Former Days Gone Creative Director John Garvin and former PlayStation Visual Arts Director Michael Mumbauer have teamed up to start a new studio. Their first game is a blockchain title called Ashfall, touted as the “first true triple-A Web 3.0 title for PC, console, and the Hedera network.”

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As reported by Golden News, Ashfall is ironically an open world game where the world has succumbed to global warming. Blockchain, NFTs and cryptocurrencies consume a lot of energy and leave a huge carbon footprint, but the game seeks to explore a world torn apart by global warming itself. It will also start out as a single player narrative game before branching out into PvP and PvE.

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The mentioned Hedera network is a blockchain system that allows players to buy, sell, build, and trade “exclusively,” possibly by finding NFTs in Ashfall gathering and discovery items. Although, even though the game is about global warming, nothing has been said about how the studio plans to keep its use of blockchain green.


Garvin was fired from his position at Bend Studio for being a “disruptive personality” and even said that he “got into some heated arguments”. Meanwhile, Mumbauer worked on Uncharted, The Last of Us and Days Gone, before leaving to found That’s No Moon, which he left within a year.

“Michael and I have worked together creatively for nearly two decades and this is our chance to create something truly new and exciting,” said Garvin. “It’s like bringing the band back together. Our goal is to create a truly next-gen open world experience that engages with new technologies to enable user-generated content. As always, our focus is creating beloved characters, stories captivating, and evolving gameplay, and a world worth exploring, not just in games, but in other media as well.”


It’s unclear when we can expect to see something from Ashfall, but the two’s new studio is focused on a “cinematic transmedia world”, so it’s clear they both have ambitions beyond gaming. The studio was even said to be a “triple A gaming and entertainment studio”.

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