2K has officially launched a new studio, Hangar 13. Not only that, but they’re already working on an unannounced title. What strange and wonderful things could we see coming out of the Hangar 13? Well, it will be something unique.
The studio will be led by LucasArts and Star Wars game franchise veteran Haden Blackman. Other executives include major industry players with CV mentions like THQ, 2K Marin, LucasArts, Ubisoft Toronto and Pixar. So it’s a solid team with the goal of being special:
Though we hail from all over the world, and our backgrounds are wildly different, one thing binds us all together – the belief that “Every Player Story is Unique.” We believe that a game should never be a fixed experience fed to the player, but something that is shaped by the game developers and the player together, every time the game is played. At Hangar 13, we want to make (and play) games that allow players the freedom to define everything from the moment-to-moment gameplay to the narrative, creating their own, unique player stories along the way.
They are currently working on “an intense action game set in an immersive world and with a strong narrative, but player agency is at the heart of everything we do”. They are hiring, too – 18 positions are currently listed on the site ranging from audio programmers to AI engineers and mission designers. It’s unclear exactly what they’re working on, but it will be a AAA title with 2K’s support.
I’m always happy when I hear about the foundation of new studios rather than place closing their doors. Good news for them, and hopefully good news for us in the future when they deliver something innovative and unique.
Last Updated: December 5, 2014