Avalanche announces Project Mamba

Avalanche Studios, developer of the Just Cause series, has announced Project Mamba, a big-budget title due on PC and consoles in 2014.

Eurogamer reports that work is underway at the New York office the studio announced in June, with support from Stockholm. The studio is to increase its headcount to 50 within the next 12 months. We assume Project Mamba is intended for release on next-gen consoles given the studio's confidence that new hardware will be on shelves by 2014.

Founder Christofer Sundberg said:  "Today is a great day for Avalanche Studios as we have achieved yet another goal by establishing a new studio in the greatest city in North America. We are one of the few independent, triple-A-budget studios remaining in the world after the disastrous economic recession of the last few years.

"While this was a huge wake-up call for everyone in our industry, we have prepared for this expansion for over three years and it is a great feeling to execute our plans with such resounding success."

We spoke to Sundberg, and David Grijns, managing director of the New York operation, in June, in which they explained how an independent developer was able to set up a studio in one of the most expensive cities in the world.