Ex-Ubisoft and Eidos employees Justin Cyr, Jonathan Lavigne and Jean-François Major have formed a new indie studio in Montreal called Tribute Games.
The new firm was announced by Lavigne on his personal blog.
“Jean-François Major, Justin Cyr and I have been working together for several years and we also developed Wizorb together during the past 6 months,” he wrote. “So, we decided to join forces and form our own video game company. Justin is an awesome pixel artist, animator and aspiring sound designer and Jean-François is our mastermind programmer.
“We chose the name Tribute Games because when we make games, we want to pay tribute to all the cool games from our childhood. We’re passionate indies aiming at making entertaining games with a focus on pixel art and classic game design (sometimes with a modern twist).”
Wizorb, a Breakout-style game, is to be released as an Xbox Live Indie title during the coming month, with a the PC version to follow. The game is currently going through the review process before being released on XBLIG.
An exact release date is to be announced in the next few weeks.