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A New Game Studio Is Born: Hangar 13, From 2K Games

Today, 2K Games announced that it is opening a new game studio called Hangar 13. The game studio will be led by Haden Blackman, who has a history as a writer at LucasArts Entertainment and has worked on the Star Wars video games as the Senior Executive Producer. With him, the studio aims to build Triple-A titles for both PCs and consoles, with their main quality being that each player will get a unique experience.

"At Hangar 13, our mantra is "Every player story is unique'," said Blackman. "Our ambition is to create next-generation games that allow players to shape their own experiences, from the moment-to-moment gameplay, to the long-term impact on the world, characters and narrative."

2K announced that the studio is already working on a next-gen title, although it did not offer many details. What we do know is that the studio is working on its own proprietary game engine for it, and that's about it. We don't know what it's going to be about, what it will be called, or when it will arrive. Based on the "Every player story is unique" motto, we could make the assumption that we're talking about a game that follows the likes of the Mass Effect trilogy, or the Dragon Age games from BioWare as an RPG, although we shouldn't exclude the possibility of an MMORPG, as those can also provide a unique story for every player.

The studio is located in Novato, California, and is currently in the process of recruiting talent, as Blackman told Polygon in an interview.

So, based on this information, what kind of game do you think is being brewed within the halls of Hangar 13?

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • BleedingEdgeTek
    If they're working on a next-gen title, it won't be released for about 7 more years. Wonder if they're doing anything for current gen.

    /s
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  • childofthekorn
    "At Hangar 13, our mantra is "Every player story is unique'," said Blackman. "Our ambition is to create next-generation games that allow players to shape their own experiences, from the moment-to-moment gameplay, to the long-term impact on the world, characters and narrative."

    So its a 2d platformer?
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  • Vlad Rose
    If they're working on a next-gen title, it won't be released for about 7 more years. Wonder if they're doing anything for current gen.

    /s

    When they mention next-gen, I assume they're referring to the PS4, Xbox One era since they're still being called that while the PS3 and 360 are on the market still.
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  • seshysama
    If they're working on a next-gen title, it won't be released for about 7 more years. Wonder if they're doing anything for current gen.

    /s

    When they mention next-gen, I assume they're referring to the PS4, Xbox One era since they're still being called that while the PS3 and 360 are on the market still.

    When someone ends their post in "/s", it means they were being sarcastic....he was being a smartass..
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  • Johan Kryger Haglert
    Imagine if the PC-platform decided what was next gen.. Then next-gen would be R9 390, try to keep up! ;D
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  • iam2thecrowe
    i think your all confusing next gen games with next gen hardware, the two don't necessarily have to go hand in hand. I think they are talking more about the gameplay, offering something that is not currently available (next gen). I for one, am excited by the sound of next gen gameplay, rather than a string of COD and battlefield games that are all more or less the same with updated graphics.
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  • f-14
    "the studio aims to build Triple-A titles for both PCs and consoles, with their main quality being that each player will get a unique experience."

    "So, based on this information, what kind of game do you think is being brewed within the halls of Hangar 13?"

    nothing but cr....garbage. com'on you're really going to pose that question after such a promise of unique experience and put console in the same sentence.

    if you're a game maker don't even bother coding for pc's if your going to make it work on a console...seriously when it comes to playing console games on a pc there's always a hack for that...save your time and money and let the hackers do the rest for you. consoles are for the poor and the lazy or the lower IQ (sub 100) masses.
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  • childofthekorn
    14751187 said:
    i think your all confusing next gen games with next gen hardware, the two don't necessarily have to go hand in hand. I think they are talking more about the gameplay, offering something that is not currently available (next gen). I for one, am excited by the sound of next gen gameplay, rather than a string of COD and battlefield games that are all more or less the same with updated graphics.

    Although with your own description of "Next gen" they always have something that is not offered in other titles. Thus they would actually be unique. Next Gen is just a marketing term. Just as hardware companies use "This is the fastest hardware we've ever created" which is laughable because why would anyone purchase it otherwise?

    Next Gen games always meant that it utilized new technology, able to access features that wasn't available prior, it does not mean it'll have innovative features or be really that much different from a previous titles. Next gen games, for example, could be just a game that went from DX 9 to DX 11, with nothing more than a smooth running port, and it qualifies as Next Gen. Don't read too much into it.
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