4A Games, the development house behind Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, is opening a new studio in Malta. While the team's home in Ukraine's capital Kiev will remain open, the new Malta studio will act as the team's headquarters going forward, headed up by Andrew Prokhorov, 4A co-founder and creative director, as well as Oles Shishkovstov, 4A's chief technical officer.
"By basing our new headquarters in Malta, a member state of the EU, 4A Games will be able to better compete on the international stage," said Dean Sharpe, 4A Games' newly appointed CEO, in a statement on the studio's website. "Malta offers fantastic incentives for game development, and we are confident 4A Games will be able to attract the very best talent from Ukraine, Malta and beyond."
4A Games has a tumultuous history. Since opening in 2005, the team has struggled with meager resources and poor facilities in Kiev, but it won notoriety with its debut in 2010, the narratively rich PC and Xbox 360-exclusive Metro 2033. Follow up Metro: Last Light, meanwhile, was in danger of not seeing release due to publisher THQ dissolving in 2013. Despite those hurdles, Deep Silver published Last Light and was met with strong sales and positive reviews.