TT Games founder Jon Burton and ex-Head of Design Arthur Parsons both have considerable experience working on LEGO video games, and have both parted ways with the studio over the past couple of years. (Burton left in 2019, while Parsons followed earlier this year.) They’ve now established their own company, 10:10 Games – or, if you prefer, Ten-Ten Games.
It could be a coincidence – or it could be a nod to the fact that the new venture is so far entirely comprised of ex-TT Games staff. All eight employees currently listed as working at 10:10 Games on LinkedIn have previously been part of TT, as technical designers, lighting artists, game directors and senior programmers.
Up until July 2021, for example, Leon Warren had been employed by TT Games in artistic roles for nearly 25 years. He’s now the Art Director for 10:10 Games. Likewise, Alexandra Banks spent 10 years working for TT Games across titles including LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, and is now a Senior Designer at 10:10 Games.
They’re not the only ones departing the studio behind almost every LEGO video game from the past 15 years, though. Others like Jack Chapman and Alex Harkin have also left for new horizons, although neither has (so far) joined 10:10 Games.
While such an outflux of staff at the end of a project is really just as business as usual in software development – suggesting LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is nearing completion – so many high-profile and veteran members of TT Games leaving to establish a brand new studio is a little more puzzling.
All that said, it doesn’t spell the end for TT Games: the studio is already hiring staff for its next project, which will be a LEGO video game based on a major IP, with a strong focus on ‘networked content’ and ‘networked gameplay’.
As for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, all we really know for now is that it’s apparently ‘in safe hands’ – though we’re seemingly no nearer to learning when exactly we’ll be able to play it. Fingers crossed Gamescom surprises us with some news later this month.