Avalanche Software was shut down by Disney back in May 2016 as part of their switch from developing games, to just licensing them. In an unexpected turn of events, Avalanche Software has been acquired and resurrected by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. In a statement on the publisher’s website, it announced that Avalanche’s next title would be a Cars 3 adaptation.
According to the statement, Avalanche Software has been re-opened under the Warner Bros. banner, and will still be headed by John Blackburn (former general manager of Disney Infinity). The studio’s first title will be Cars 3, which is scheduled to launch later in 2017. Back in May, Polygon reported that roughly 300 people lost their jobs when the studio closed. The statement doesn’t detail how many former employees will be hired, but it’s still heartwarming to see a developer resurrected. Oh, and don’t confuse Avalanche Software with Avalanche Studios, developers of the Just Cause series.
The funny part of all this is that Warner Bros. and Disney have typically been seen as rivals. Their cartoons, films, and modern superhero movies have always competed with each other. Now, Warner Bros. is responsible for an adaptation of one of Disney’s highest-grossing franchises. That’s like Naughty Dog developing a Gears of War game, in case you needed an analogy.