Game development studio The Chinese Room has made 17 new hires in their plan to double in size by 2020.

The Brighton-based studio was acquired by Sumo Digital in August 2018 and has recruited new staff across design, art, animation and programming in the last three months to work on original titles.

The recent hires include John McCormack as art director, who previously work at Lionhead and EA.

“I’m delighted to have such a range of new talent and experience on board, and we’re not done yet,” said Ed Daly, studio director.

“It’s been particularly rewarding to have so many talented people show their passion for joining The Chinese Room and for the games we will be making here.”

Dan Pinchbeck, creative director, added: “We’re hard at work on a great new game and it’s fantastic to have brought together such an amazing bunch of talented developers to help realise it.

“We’ve got a brilliant mix of industry veterans and rising stars and it’s really exciting to see the studio keep evolving and growing.”

The Chinese Room is best known for creating experimental first-person games such as Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and So Let Us Melt.

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