Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio.

Former Telltale employees set up a new studio. With their AdHoc Studio they want to make games à la Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Other news in this N8W8 about: the Operation: Burnt Horizon update for Rainbow Six Siege, the discontinuation of the PC version of Blacklight: Retribution and the lack of attractive marketing for the Switch.

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

Four former Telltale employees have jointly founded AdHoc Studio. Specifically, it concerns Michael Choung, Dennis Lenart, Nick Herman and Pierre Shorette. They left Telltale Games before the studio had to close its doors.

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

AdHoc Studios wants to focus on what they call “interactive narrative” games themselves. They are inspired by the latest Black Mirror episode: Bandersnatch. The gentlemen believe that the dividing lines between film, TV and games are becoming increasingly blurred.

With streaming platforms in our homes and cell phones in our pockets we’re in this unique time where the barrier to entry to interaction is gone. So as a group of people whose expertise and experience has come from making Interactive Narrative that sits in that space between, we feel now is the perfect time to form a studio that focuses on creating content for a new space. “

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

It is clear that freedom of choice will play a major role in the games of AdHoc Studio. The Guardian is therefore very curious about the developer’s first game. What are your expectations?

Rainbow Six Siege teases new Operation: Burnt Horizon update

We are on the eve of the Rainbow Six Siege esports event The Six Invitational. Ubisoft is taking this opportunity to prepare for the next major update to the shooter. The Guardian is happy to tell you what we already know about this Operation: Burnt Horizon.

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

In Operation: Burnt Horizon, the counterterrorism unit travels to the outback of Australia. The Rainbow Six Siege update includes a new map, located at an abandoned gas station in the middle or nowhere. There are also two new Operators in the pipeline: Gridlock and Mozzie. Ubisoft describes them as follows:

One’s a stoic Attacker who’s just there to get the job done, and the other is a quick-witted Defender who’s in it for the guts and glory. Two old mates from way back, they’ve signed up with Rainbow to bring a little Aussie know-how to the other side of the world. This includes a new device that’ll keep roaming Defenders on their toes, and one that’ll leave Attackers at a bit of a loss. “

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

Ubisoft has not yet released images of these Operators, but on Reddit they think they have already found Gridlock and Mozzie:

Operation: Burnt Horizon will be officially revealed on Twitch on February 17th. This happens during The Six Invitational. This tournament takes place in Montreal, Canada. The prize pool is one million dollars. Excitement guaranteed, so.

Trailer abundance

Trailers, trailers, trailers; the Guardian can’t get enough of it herself. Especially on a Monday morning. Go back to weekend mode and watch:

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio
  • world War Z – TBA on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
  • City of Brass – now on Switch, previously on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
  • Observer – now on Switch, previously on PC, PS4 and Xbox One
  • Guacamelee! One-Two Punch Collection – May 28 on PS4 and Switch

Comic moment

Blacklight: Retribution servers are taken offline

The Guardian has written about F2P games countless times. Why spend money when you can also just play completely free games? However, she also knows that not all F2P games are equally good … More often than not, you end up having to spend real money to be able to participate. One of the games that she liked quite a bit, however, was Blacklight: Retribution.

That’s why she’s so sorry to hear that the PC version of Blacklight: Retribution will be taken offline soon.

“Thank you for so much for your loyal support, and love over the years. From the initial PC Closed Beta in November 2011 to today, it has been a great 7+ years. The joy that we got out of Blacklight: Retribution is a testament to you the fans; your loyalty, dedication, support, and ultimate willingness to try our fun, quirky FPS. “

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

Blacklight: Retribution appeared on PC more than seven years ago. Developer Hardsuit Labs, however, is now busy with all kinds of other projects, on which they prefer to focus fully.

Do you want to check Blacklight: Retribution one last time? Then it might be good to know that you can now plunder the entire shop in the PC version for free. We call that saying goodbye in style. The PS4 version will remain online as usual. However, do not expect any more patches, updates or technical support for this version.

“Switch’s attractiveness not emphasized enough”

Michel told you earlier this month that Nintendo had adjusted their goal of selling 20 million Switch copies this fiscal year. Where it was initially believed to sell 20 million consoles, it is now expected to sell 17 million. Still a very good result. Still, Nintendo chief Shuntaro Furukawa thinks it could have been better.

“As we look back so far (for this fiscal year), we now evaluate that our efforts to fully convey the appeal of Nintendo Switch hardware and software to the number of new consumers we originally hoped to reach were insufficient. … And from the viewpoint of our full-year unit sales forecast for this fiscal year, while we expected that releasing titles during the holiday season would help to increase sales, the year-on-year sales increase during the first half of the fiscal year (April to September) turned out not big enough, which also affected the revision of the unit forecast as we looked back now. “

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

Furukawa is looking for an explanation especially in the marketing of the Switch. In other words: Nintendo has not succeeded sufficiently in conveying the attractiveness of the console to the public. With that statement he mainly refers to the first half of the year. The three big end-of-year hits (Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) have not been the fault.

Modesty can always be praised, but the Guardian still thinks Furukawa is a bit too negative here. Celebrate your successes, she would say.

Memes and things

Today in memes and stuff: a look behind the cameras of the Resident Evil 2 remake and a top 7 of impossible to kill game characters.

Former Telltale employees set up AdHoc Studio

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