Silver Rain Games

Assassin’s Creed’s Abubakar Salim launches new UK Games Studio

Abubakar Salim
Abubakar Salim

Abubakar Salim, the BAFTA-award nominated actor and producer has announced today that he has launched a new UK-based games studio, Silver Rain Games. Salim is known for his voice acting work in games such as World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and The Bradwell Conspiracy – as well as voicing Bayek of Siwa, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Salim intends to create and direct a new game IP with Silver Rain’s head of studio, the former BAFTA games programme manager Melissa Phillips. Alongside Phillips, Silver Rain is currently a team of five people, who are working remotely.

Regarding the new studio, Salim stated: “The games industry is so inspiring. I grew up in games, so it only feels natural to make the leap into creating them. I want to be able to give back to an industry and audience that has supported me and hopefully bring a fresh perspective to the table.”

In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Salim revealed that the new studio’s focus is on storytelling, drawing on inspiration from games such Assassin’s Creed, with the actor telling GI that he is keen to “tell stories that will empower players.” Salim stated that the move to development was a natural choice, one that has been informed by his time working with Ubisoft as Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

“I’ve played [Assassin’s Creed] from the beginning, so to then talk to the programmers, designers, writers, artists, even the testers, and getting to test it myself and to understand what it takes to make a game… it made me realise that there’s a lot of different factors involved,” he said. “You need to build a team, you need a lot of people who are specialised in a specific area, but also who feel the passion to make a game.”

In a press release, Phillips states, “It’s hugely exciting to begin working on a new IP. We are currently in the prototype stage. We are keen to hear from all levels of talent who might potentially fit into our team and will be looking for funding opportunities over the next few months.”

About Chris Wallace

Chris is MCV/DEVELOP's staff writer, joining the team after graduating from Cardiff University with a Master's degree in Magazine Journalism. He can regrettably be found on Twitter at @wallacec42, where he mostly explores his obsession with the Life is Strange series, for which he refuses to apologise.

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