Vancouver Island is now home to Hinterland
, a new independent studio formed from some triple-A heavyweights, including veterans of BioWare, Riot, Volition and Relic.
The new studio is headed up by Raphael van Lierop, formerly of Relic and Ubisoft Montreal. Joining him are former Saints Row
and Red Faction
developer Alan Lawrance, who will serve as technical director, and former BioWare audio producer David Chan, who is coming aboard as audio director. Ex-Riot art director Hokyo Lim and God of War
alum Marianne Krawczyk are also among Hinterland's founding members.
Describing itself as "focused on creating story-driven gameplay experiences that feature mature themes and an element of social awareness," Hinterland's first announced project is The Long Dark
, a first-person survival sim.
"It's a more realistic, mature take on the post-disaster genre than what we've seen in games so far," founder van Lierop explains. "And no zombies!"
Hinterland is planning to launch a crowdfunding campaign for The Long Dark
later this month.