In an interesting announcement today, JJ Abrams, director of the latest Star Trek and Star Wars movies has said that his production company, Bad Robot, will be collaborating with developer ChAIR Entertainment, creators of Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex, to produce a new original video game called Spyjinx.
Scheduled for 2016, and powered by the Unreal Engine 4, the PC and mobile game will feature a "unique mix of action-strategy gameplay, dynamic world-building and RPG character development – all set in a thrilling, treacherous world of espionage."
According to the interview posted on the Spyjinx website, JJ Abrams first encountered a ChAIR game when he played Infinity Blade with his kids, and was very impressed by it. Since Bad Robot has wanted to get into the gaming space for a while, he saw a potential opportunity to work together with ChAIR to, "take the strengths of what Bad Robot has done and what ChAIR has done and make something even better."
ChAIR co-founder Donald Mustard adds, “Bad Robot is uniquely talented at making you deeply care about characters and the trials they experience. As game developers, we knew that if we could apply that knowledge to creating game systems that help players care about the world we build for them and then give them tools that let them shape and exercise agency in that world, then we could create something really special.”
Quite how the collaboration will come together remains to be seen, but those who are interested in finding out more can head over to the official Spyjinx website to sign up for the closed beta, which will be happening sometime early next year.
The full interview is posted below.