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Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead writer heading up new studio working on episodic narrative game

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The lead writer of Bioware's Star Wars MMORPG The Old Republic (opens in new tab) will head up a new studio called Fogbank Games, which is ultimately owned by 21st Century Fox. The media giant also owns film studio 20th Century Fox, and Fogbank's first project is an episodic narrative game inspired by one of the studio's franchises, which include The Simpsons, Alien, Home Alone and Die Hard. I'm looking forward to finding out which one.

The new studio will be part of FoxNext Games (opens in new tab), Fox's video game arm. Daniel Erickson will act as studio director—he was the lead writer on The Old Republic and also worked on Dragon Age: Origins (opens in new tab) before leaving Bioware in 2012. He's since held a number of roles, most recently at Kabam, a mobile game designer.

The rest of the 20-strong team includes executive producer Nathan Germick, who also joins from Kabam, and former Bioware writer Alexander Freed, who will lead the writing team. The studio is looking to double its staff size to 40.

The interesting thing to keep an eye out for is which franchise the team will be working on (episodic Home Alone game, anyone?)—and whether, fingers crossed, its games will make it to PC. An episodic narrative game does seem better suited to PC than mobile. 

I also wonder how the new studio will be affected by Disney's impending acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and whether that expands the franchises that Fogbank can work with.

Thanks, Venture Beat (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.