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Former AAA Developers Moving To Indie Development

By Christopher Stahler in Indie Spotlight

Tangentlemen

The recently made studio Tangentlemen is at GDC 2014 with a new project to talk about as well as some new talented employees. These developers come from different companies as well as different types of genres:

  • Richard Smith: A previous senior art designer of Infinity Ward. Smith also contributed art work towards Respawn’s Titanfall.
  • Cory Davis: The lead designer and creative force of Spec Ops: The Line.
  • Toby Gard: A game director who helped launch Tomb Raider as well as create Lara Croft in 1995.
  • Five additional members of their team come from the development team of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z with Davis and Gard.

The first game the company is working on is titled Daedalus which they have described as “an existential horror trip into a surreal, half-forgotten dream.” Davis expects the game to be revealed in the upcoming weeks. The team is currently actually working out of the producer John Shelton-Garcia’s garage. So, the question beckons: Why move from AAA to this? Davis goes on to explain this¬† by saying “I was finding the structure of making big games to be too rigid and restrictive,” he also goes on to say “There seems to be a problem with chasing after photorealism–it makes everything else about the game very myopic. By moving into an illustrative space, the look of the game can become a voice in its overall intent, rather than a limitation to that intent. It’s indie games that understand this, and because of that, it’s indie games that are really progressing the art form of game making.” With indie games becoming more and more popular it seems to be a great idea overall.

Davis also commented on their current working conditions by saying “It’s an awesome experience to be in our own new space, even if that space has heating, electricity, and claustrophobia issues,”¬† Davis seems to reinforce his decision by saying “It’s a reminder that we’re not only free to make great games, but that it’s our responsibility at this point. Every aspect of the game will be hand-crafted, just like a piece of furniture, in our development garage.”

Davis’ choice doesn’t seem to be influenced by money or any other type of motivation that is depicted negatively. Davis’ seems to be chasing one of the most important things in the gaming world which is his freedom of expression. Davis seems very excited about his decision and I hope his enthusiasm is shown in his games as well. When asked about funding Davis stated “We’re looking for publishers who would be interested in smaller, more daring projects, but I’m personally really interested in seeing if we can Kickstart our first game,” and that “Being able to engage directly with game players right from the start of development sounds like an incredibly liberating way to do things.”

Davis ends his interview with the following: “Starting a video game company has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, but this opportunity is more than that,” Davis stated. “Tangentlemen is a studio made up of the developers that I respect the most in the entire industry. ” and goes on with “I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to join up with individuals that are at least as passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced as I am to create the games that we all were born to create, in an environment where we have the freedom to do something truly unique, potent, and if we so desire, even risky.” We here at RealGamerNewz look forward to their first project’s reveal as well as their funding choice.

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