Electronic Arts only recently (finally) confirmed that Starbreeze Studios, the developer of the Chronicles of Riddick games and the first Darkness game, is working on a Syndicate reboot. With that game set to arrive early next year it's really no surprise to hear that the Swedish studio is already working on a new IP.
The dev house is partnering up with a creative mind from a different medium for its next effort, Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares. He had an idea for a game that he worked with The Story Lab to produce a prototype for. Starbreeze saw the prototype and was immediately impressed.
It sounds both parties felt that this was a collaboration which would make sense. "I love games, and I have been working on a games concept for quite some time. The more I worked with the concept, the more convinced I felt that this is a solid game idea," Fares said in a statement (via Gamasutra).
Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark echoes those sentiments. "Just minutes into Josef's presentation we knew that this was a game that we wanted to develop, and we started to work on the concept the very same day."
Fares' work as a filmmaker has largely steered away from the sort of spectacle you'd expect to see in a video game, with the director known best for his character-driven comedies. The announcement offers no hint of what to expect from the new IP, but Starbreeze has done enough solid work over the years that it gets the benefit of the doubt. If that talented team is working on this game, then I'm excited until I have reason to think otherwise. Simple as that.