After Telltale Games’ sudden collapse in late 2018, some of its developers have banded together to make a new studio focusing on interactive games.
Michael Choung, Dennis Lenart, Nick Herman, and Pierre Shorette, all former Telltale developers, have created AdHoc Studio, an enterprise based on developing new “interactive narrative” games. The developers pointed to Black Mirror‘s interactive TV episode “Bandersnatch” as an example of a project they believe explores interactivity in different mediums.
“It seems to have scratched an itch that people didn’t quite know that they had,” Herman said, speaking to Variety (via PC Gamer). “That’s really exciting, and what we want to do is make clear that live-action interactive isn’t a novelty, it’s unexplored territory that can be both creatively and commercially viable.”
Shorette added that the team is exploring combinations of film, television, and games, and in particular looking at creating “interactive experiences with real actors on the screen.”
“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,” Shorette said. “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.”
It sounds as if AdHoc Studio won’t be creating strictly video games or TV shows as we know it, but something that’s a mix of both. The developers added that they’ve started AdHoc Studio with just the four of them, since they feel they can have more freedom to explore this space with a smaller team than with trying to get a larger studio on board with each innovation.
While the developers didn’t have any projects to unveil, they did say to look for more news in the “near future.”