Publisher THQ Nordic created new studio Nine Rock Games in Bratislava.

The studio will be headed by CEO David Durcak. For the past five years he has been a project lead at Bohemia Interactive and worked, among other projects, on DayZ. Other staffers have also been involved in DayZ, as well as Soldier of Fortune 3, Conan, and Chaser.

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The team’s first project is already in development, according to It will be a shooter/survival game, with more details coming later.

THQ Nordic’s parent Embracer Group has been steadily expanding for a while now. In December, it  acquired Tarsier, the studio behind the Little Nightmares series. In January, the company launched two new studios: River End Games in Sweden and C77 Entertainment in Seattle.

Across all the Group’s studios, there are currently 81 titles in development.