With all the layoffs going on, it’s great to know that some studios are still being formed.
Raphael van Lierop, an industry veteran behind the launch of such games as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes has teamed with other professional game designers, artists, and technicians to create Hinterland Studios, a new game company focused on creating “story-driven gameplay experiences that feature mature themes and . . . social awareness.” Members of the group have worked on past games such as Sly Cooper, Prince of Persia, Saints Row, and The Unfinished Swan. Also joining the team is Marianne Krawczyk, writer of Santa Monica’s God of War series.
The group is already working on their first project, The Long Dark. Set to be a cross-media experience, the game is set in a post-apoclyptic America where techonolgy’s infrastructure has shut down. Players will adopt the role of bush pilot William Mackenzie as he faces ethical choices and confronts the “myriad natural and man-made hazards of the new frontier.”