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
December 5, 2014 at 09:33
Nice. I wish them well – let’s see what they can do. 🙂
Raptor Rants A Lot
December 5, 2014 at 09:36
Oooooh. I am very curious. However can I just say that sometimes a linear story driven game is ok. Not saying they are wrong. Changing stories where every one’s experience is differant is cool and all. But I don’t want to see story driven SP die either
December 5, 2014 at 09:38
Poor sega…. Read an article that they made a 7.1BILLION yen loss. I really hope Sega doesnt die out. On the up side we have this… new studios.
Viking Of Divinity
December 5, 2014 at 09:39
It’s a Bioshock sequel, Calling it right now.
December 5, 2014 at 09:40
Every players story is unique. What Like Mass Effect?
December 5, 2014 at 09:43
Fighter pilot simulator? Sort of actiony, but super fun.
December 5, 2014 at 09:44
Lets hope it’s not another studio that will end up a dry well like THQ. Dammit why THQ, why did you go and close down, now my warhammer went down with you.