Warren Spector, the famed producer of video games together with System Shock, Deus Ex, Crusader: No Regret, and Epic Mickey, is working on something new: “An immersive simulation primarily based on a very new mental property developed by Otherside,” the studio Spector joined in 2016.
“Followers of my work already know what to anticipate: an immersive world and fascinating narrative that gamers will immediately influence via their selections and playstyles,” Spector stated in a press release. “We’re nonetheless in early improvement and are trying ahead to sharing extra data quickly!”
As a fan of Spector’s previous work I discover the promise of one thing in an identical vein to be very thrilling, and solely mildly tempered by Underworld Ascendant, the catastrophically unhealthy non secular successor to Ultima Underworld that Otherside launched in 2018. A part of my optimism arises from “classes realized”—it is unlikely anybody would screw up that badly twice, proper?—and likewise due to the separate announcement of the hiring of Jeff Goodsill as basic supervisor, a place from which he’ll “lead the expansion of the unbiased studio and oversee manufacturing of upcoming next-gen console and PC titles,” together with Spector’s new sport.
Goodsill has credit going again to 2001 on video games together with Nascar Racing, Titan Quest, Warhammer 40,000: Daybreak of Battle, and Age of Empires 2. He is additionally served as a “strategic advisor” to Otherside over the previous six months.
“As an advisor, Jeff has already made us a simpler improvement studio,” Spector stated. “As a full-time member of the staff, he’ll be invaluable in serving to us obtain our objective of changing into a top-tier developer of video games that empower gamers to inform their very own tales via play.”
There aren’t any particulars concerning the venture, however the single piece of key artwork is fascinating: A squadron of stingray-driving sea pilots rising from what seems to be some form of metropolis or settlement on the again of an apparently huge blue whale. BioShock meets Wandering Village, maybe? Perhaps that is a stretch, however I might play it.