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Shark Punch formed by three former Disney staffers, first title is The Masterplan

Tuesday, 11th March 2014 00:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Three former Disney Interactive employees have banded together to announce a new studio and debut release.

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GamesIndustry reports Shark Punch is currently composed of designer Aarne Hunziker, CEO Jiri Kupiainen and programmer Leo Lännenmäki.

The three met while working at Finnish developer Rocket Pack, which was later acquired by Disney Interactive. The self-funded and owned company will “focus on creating games that offer deep, involving gameplay in a streamlined package” and definitely not mid-core games.

The studio’s first game is called The Masterplan, a PC exclusive due sometime this year. It’s reral-time-with-pause affair set in the early ’70s, and tells the story of “the greatest heist in the history of mankind”.

Players will build and equip heist crews to contend with AI and physics puzzles, and enjoy hand-drawn 2D art and “an authentic soundtrack recorded by a real band”.

Last week, Disney Interactive laid-off 700 staff in a mass culling of its online, social and mobile business.

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  1. TheWulf

    Very interested to see what they do. And, honestly, cut free of the suits and the utter nonsense that’s killing Disney right now, they might do well for themselves. I’ve seen Disney offerings lately that could have been so good, if they hadn’t riddled them with poor business decisions, or used the wrong characters, or so many other things.

    With Infinity failing (for fairly obvious reasons), the way they’ve just cut loose all these people seems like a desperation move. This certainly isn’t the Disney I knew and love, but I do think that some of the kind of Disney thinking is still around and about, so I’m always interested to see whatever those cut away from the tumorous Disney mass go on to do for themselves.

    I honestly wish them the best of luck!

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