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Ken Levine teases sci-fi PC game


Ken Levine's been dropping the scoops on his next project. On Twitter, he's been answering fan questions about the first game from his smaller, post-Irrational team.

For instance, did you know that the new game will be sci-fi, or at least sci-fi-ish? You do now. The team are also currently considering first-person for the view mode, and will be developing the game for PC. As for the genre, "I think small open worldish (but not necessarily outdoors) RPG with quest structure coming from passion system," he writes.

Back at GDC, Levine referred to the game as making use of "narrative Lego"—giving a presentation on how he plans to make repeatable, systemic stories. On Twitter, Levine was asked whether Shadow of Mordor had any impact on the project. He responding by saying "mostly in that it validated that people would care about narrative replayability."

The ultimate aim, Levine says, is a systems-based narrative to which the team can expand into. Not adding new story on top, but into the existing story—like a Civilization expansion adds depth to the existing game.

Thanks, Game Informer.

Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.