Harold Ryan, the man who led Bungie for 15 years, has re-entered the games industry with a new company called ProbablyMonsters, which works a bit like a publisher but not exactly.
Allow me to explain: ProbablyMonsters is a company that effectively invests in new game studios and becomes a majority owner of those studios. The company helps these new games studios with business planning, creating a vision for a game, and development support. Furthermore, any studio that launches under the ProbablyMonsters umbrella is reportedly free to leave and go indie at any time — a topic that is likely close to Ryan’s heart, as he was the driving force behind Bungie leaving Microsoft in 2007.
“The goal is to build development teams that eventually don’t need me,” said Ryan in an interview. “In success, those teams have the opportunity to become wholly independent.”
ProbablyMonsters has been working under the radar since 2016, having already linked up with two studios, Firewalk Studios and Cauldron Studios, both of which are working on AAA-level titles and have been picked up by major publishers.