Insurgency developer New World Interactive hires former BioWare Lead Artist Michael Grills to new Art Director role. 

Further new hires to follow as company expands in new Calgary, AB location



Calgary, AB – July 22nd: Award-winning independent developer New World Interactive announced the hiring of BioWare veteran Michael Grills to a recently added Art Director role as the company expands its Canadian development studio, New World North in Calgary, Alberta.

Michael has a long and varied career contributing to over 20 shipped games across multiple genres from indie to AAA, including; Baldur’s Gate, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, NeverWinter Nights, Jade Empire & Virtual Villagers.  

In addition to art and creative direction, he brings extensive experience in UI / UX, Concept Art, Illustration, Story-boarding, level art, and branding. 

Michael is the second local Calgarian to join the newly formed studio New World North, and an active member of the local community with numerous public art installations around Calgary, as well as freelance work for clients such as Honda, Google and Sirius XM.

His new role will primarily focus on an as-yet unannounced new IP being developed by New World in the city, which is rapidly evolving as Canada’s newest gaming hub. 

“We’re taking on a new, unannounced project which requires stronger artistic vision and leadership than games we’ve worked on in the past. Michael is a great fit for what we have in mind, bringing lots of creativity, industry experience and strong leadership to the table. We’re looking forward to having him on board and are very excited to see what he’s able to help us accomplish in the future for this project and beyond.” – Jeremy Blum, Founder & CEO

New World Interactive, headquartered in Denver, CO, is best known for their ‘Insurgency’ franchise of immersive, tactical, first person shooters, which combined have sold over 7 million units on PC. The franchise’s latest iteration “Insurgency: Sandstorm” (due to launch on consoles in the future) received critical acclaim upon PC launch, and the company looks to build upon this success and explore new IP’s as it scales up its new Canadian production studio. 

The 36-strong indie team is looking to boost their headcount by up to 15 by the end of the year. New World Interactive is currently hiring for several positions including: Head of Technology, Head of Marketing, Community Manager and Full Stack Game Programmer. Check out for more information. 

Further information and interviews available upon request. 

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Jon Higgins 

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About New World Interactive:

New World Interactive is an award-winning independent developer known for Insurgency (2014), Day of Infamy (2016), and Insurgency: Sandstorm (2018). The company’s games have sold over 6 Million units worldwide on PC, and have thousands of fans playing them online at any moment.


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