Graeme Ankers, the former studio director of Sony’s Studio Liverpool, has teamed up with Si Donbavand, former development director at PlayStation, to launch a new game studio.

Fabrik has moved into a 1,200 sq ft space at The Sharp Project, and is starting with 20 staff.

Graeme Ankers

Graeme Ankers

Its first game, Filthy Lucre, will be available on PS4, PC and PSVR later this year, and a second title is in development.

CEO Ankers said: “Fabrik is a unique independent studio and publisher. We have secured some of the best talent in the world who have worked across gaming’s biggest names – such as Call of Duty Strike Team, Motorstorm, Battlefield, Need for Speed & Driveclub to name a few.”

Fabrik is also working with new teams, looking to bring their games to market.

He added: “The approach of uniting new game development teams with our in-house expertise is already delivering great results. This fusion of experience meets new talent, combined with a passion for bringing new ideas and games to market makes Fabrik different.”

“Cutting edge technology companies are the engine of the Northern Powerhouse. Fabrik is revving the engine through hiring and working with the best people, making great games and publishing cool new experiences.”

Watch a trailer for Filthy Lucre:

Donbavand said: “Creating this new studio is incredibly exciting for us and something we have dreamed of for a long time. To be based at The Sharp Project provides the perfect environment for us to grow and develop.”

The Sharp Project is home to over 60 digital entrepreneurs and production companies specialising in digital content production, digital media and TV and film production.

Sue Woodward OBE, founder of The Sharp Project, said: “Fabrik brings together a team of the best UK developers, and this will create some exciting job opportunities for local people. Gaming is another significant digital sector for The Sharp Project and Fabrik’s arrival helps cement this.”