Four former senior developers at Telltale games have teamed up to continue making video games. Known as AdHoc Studio, the studio is working on “interactive narrative projects” similar in nature to Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’ episode.
“Live-action narrative isn’t a novelty”
The four founding members of AdHoc Studio are former Telltale creative directors Dennis Lenart and Nick Herman, along with former director of writing Pierre Shorette and former lead writer Michael Choung. They hope to use their studio’s small size to explore ideas too risky for big studios. Initially, they wanted to team up with Ubisoft, but that didn’t work out.
In an interview with Variety, they talked about one of the big inspirations for what they want to do: Bandersnatch. The Black Mirror episode combined live-action with interactive narrative to great effect. Herman commented:
It seems to have scratched an itch that people didn’t quite know that they had. That’s really exciting, and what we want to do is to make clear that live-action interactive isn’t a novelty, it’s unexplored territory that can be both creatively and commercially viable.
Shorette, who is acting as AdHoc’s chief creative officer, added:
It feels like we’re at the precipice of a big shift in how we consume media where the lines between film, television and games are starting to blur. 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.
There’s no word on what platform their project(s) will release, but we’ll have more information as it arrives.