Former BioWare and Riot Games developers form new studio

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

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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.

Discussion

72 comments
lostn
lostn

The Long Dark sounds risque..

Evilnator
Evilnator

Looks interesting, i'll be keeping an eye on this.

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

Maybe these riot employees actually know what they're doing unlike the other 90%.

Sky_Stifler
Sky_Stifler

This is the original Bioware and not those EA Puppets

Citizen_King
Citizen_King

Just makes me think of the beginning of Dragon Age: Origins.

"We will be travelling south through the Hinterlands, to the ruins of Ostagar"

danmanpro
danmanpro

Sweet! vancouver island! too bad it's so dam expensive to get over there.

Zo26
Zo26

I will try not to miss any updates.

Canon100
Canon100

"The Long Dark"

Sounds kinda catchy.

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

Sounds cool as hell but I will not get it if its not a console release.

blackothh
blackothh

We will be seeing you on kickstarter soon i take it.

gufberg
gufberg

Despite the vague description i'm pretty intrigued. 

Survival game in open world best by "quiet apocalypse"? That sounds amazing. If they're from Bioware they certainly have the talent and now that they're not under EA they have the will as well. 

Also i love seeing studios fragment. I firmly believe that the industry benefits from many small-medium studios and is stifled by the monothlic huge development houses like Activision-Blizzard, EA, SEGA and Ubisoft. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

"to exist across multiple mediums" Yay, we're gonna get books, comics, possibly movies based on their games. Merchandise FTW!

I'm not that interested in the premise of The Long Dark, but their overall ambition as a studio sounds good.

I've had Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on my Steam wishlist for a while, but never thought of it as a critically acclaimed game.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

"Morally challenging scenarios" ... "story-rich gameplay."

Yessss. The true Bioware legacy lives on, my friends. I'll be following this game and Banner Saga with avid interest.

northArrow
northArrow

I hope this works out, you can never have enough studios working on story-rich gameplay experiences. Let's stem the tide of lame ass FPS's!

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

As log EA keeps their hands away from them everything will be alright.

Dictatroll
Dictatroll

Futuristic open world game please!

Why haven't anyone made one yet? or a decent one.

MafiaInGrid
MafiaInGrid

Hopefully, we might see some of the old Bioware magic again in the near future.

At3fD
At3fD

a game in a apocalyptic universe, i'm interested

dkeppens
dkeppens

Wish them the best. Let's make it count

Creasy1903
Creasy1903

"Develops very first game for PC gets successful. 2. game will be released only for consoles. F**k PC gamers".  - Troll Developers

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

so how are they going to fund it?

W0OOTY
W0OOTY

Please no zombies.

shingui5
shingui5

I sense good things will come from this studio. 

Mr357Magnum
Mr357Magnum

Linking these guys, already I am but please resist the call of the dark side you must. Do not again become subjugated to the will of the EA Empire.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

good news. I wish more experienced developers left big studios and form small tight new ones, with small developer teams, lower costs and longer production cycles. This last decade, specially the second half of this console generation, had far too many big budget high profile tittles coming out at a crazy rate. As a result there was market saturation, lots of tittles didn't fulfill their artistic and finantial goals. Gamers are  somewhat saturated with the run-of-a-mill AAA game. Not that long ago, all it took was a small tight team, and a decent budget to make great games. It was because of it that some heavy weight companies decided to take it completely to the business side of things. They saw a gold mine where there was none. At least not the way they imagined  it. Companies like EA and Activision went to small successful studios and said - look instead of spending half a million , and take a 5 years cycle to get 50 million income, we offer you 10 millions, add 3 times the workers to your crew and instead of doing it in 5 years, you do it in 1. That way, instead of taking 49,5 million profit every 5 years, you make 40 million every year.
With this, they saturated the market.  To compensate the losses now, they want to convince us that the games industry needs more restrictive policies, more money grabbing, because otherwise we won't have good games and studios will close. I beg to differ.

Monsta1217
Monsta1217

is it me or is there a lot of developers leaving the publishers to start their own studio ? 

yzeng
yzeng

I for one, actually fed up with this kinda news, cuz these dev. live only on their formal glory. I mean looking back at those reformed companies, how many of them actually delivered a real good game? obsidian for one made loads of buggy games that had a great concept but not really enjoyable. 

They were good, in a time and team, once that team is dead, the soul is gone.

LordOtman
LordOtman

YES, best news from "BioWare" in years.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

BioRiot would be a good name. It might even be a great name for a game to. 

Nightdragonist
Nightdragonist

A post apocalyptic theme with a lone ranger? That will be interesting.

Imagine the ending of the silent apocalypse. It'll be pretty cool, Uncover the mysteries one by one in an open world situation

gufberg
gufberg

@Hurvl Regarding W40K: Space Marine. If you catch it on sale for 5-10 bucks its definitely worth it. The story is stereotypical but carries its own weight decently enough and the gameplay is actually really satisfying. It'll keep you hooked through out the campaign. 

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@Dictatroll Fallout 3 is decent, Cyberpunk 2044 on next gen will probably be in that vein too.

pboontap
pboontap

@MafiaInGrid  

give up on that dream, it will cause you nothing but anguish lol. 

without the good doctors and drew karpyshyn............

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@Mr357Magnum Since some are former bioware employees they've probably had about all they can stand of EA development policy.

moonlightwolf01
moonlightwolf01

@Monsta1217 Well eventually devs get tired of being told what does and doesn't sell then they realise they have enough money to go make the game they actually want to make.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@Nightdragonist do we HAVE to have another post apocalyptic game though? how bout a Cyberpunk game instead?


 Have we not had enough of post apoc?

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@pboontap

Those guys are the dream team, that's true, but they will return to games eventually. I'm certain.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@manio22 @nyran125tk Biorot, that sounds like some epic Torment :P. It makes me think of zombies or compost.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@nyran125tk 

We have Cyberpunk 2077 or whatever it's called coming by the Witcher devs. That will be what you're waiting for.

cinerius
cinerius

@nyran125tk 

Don't worry, CD Projekt Red is working on Cyberpunk 2077. When that happens we'll have a ton of new cyberpunk games. 

Nightdragonist
Nightdragonist

@nyran125tk Can you tell me what is a Cyberpunk? I don't really know it , since I'm just a busy student lately. Never tasted any new games lately (it sucks --)

Well.. Metro has the post apoc, but this is a Simulation post apoc. We don't know it yet.. But I really like simulation games (Especially The Sims)

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

@Verenti @blueinheaven @blackothh Outer space really isn't what people think of when they talk about open world in games. They think of games like Skyrim or Fallout 3. I too would prefer more futuristic games over endless fantasy nonsense.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

@krystyla

No that's steampunk. Cyberpunk is futuristic with body enhancements, augmentations and lots of hacking.

manio22
manio22

@Nightdragonist Deus Ex and Shadowrun are two good examples for cyberpunk (although Shadowrun is more than that) in games. For movies you can see Blade Runner.



TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@krystyla @Nightdragonist no, that's steampunk. (machines, clunks and steel)
Cyberpunk is the same, but with technological revolution. (computers, implants and hacking.)