Stockholm-based Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has just set up an outpost in New York to create a new IP for next-gen systems.

All it's saying right now is that the game will be "AAA", ex-Mindspark creative lead Roland Lesterlin is directing and it's targeting a 2014 release.

The new office, headed up by former Activision and Atari executive David Grijns, will also develop titles for handhelds and PC. It plans to employ 50 staff during its first two years of operation.

"While most developers and publishers are focused on expanding (or contracting) their operations in over-crowded industry centers such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle, New York provides us with a diverse talent pool from which to create our next big console title," commented Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg.

Sundberg shouldn't have too much trouble finding potential recruits in the region. Earlier this week, THQ announced it was closing down Kaos Studios, the New York-based developer behind Homefront.

Avalanche is also working on twin-stick shooter Renegade Ops for PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, due out later this year.

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