Former BioWare and Riot Games developers form new studio

Hinterland studio staffed by veteran game developers; first game titled The Long Dark.

Several experienced game developers have banded together to form new independent game studio Hinterland.

The studio's team is comprised of industry veterans whose experience stems from working at several big-name developers, including BioWare, Riot Games, Ubisoft Montreal, Sony Santa Monica, and id Software.

Located on Vancouver Island, Hinterland aims to create "thought-provoking entertainment, emphasising story-rich gameplay experiences and original fictional settings conceived from the ground up to exist across multiple mediums".

Hinterland founder Raphael van Lierop has worked on several critically acclaimed games, including Company of Heroes, Far Cry 3, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

The studio has revealed its debut game. Titled The Long Dark, the project is a survival simulation game set in an open world beset by a "quiet apocalypse". Gameplay centres on utilising various skills to stay alive. Hinterland will also integrate "morally challenging scenarios" into the game.

The Long Dark currently has no release date, but is being developed for the PC.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.


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