It looks like the developers of Hellblade, Ninja Theory have decided to become a Indie company thats dedicated to producing a triple A quality game while maintaining their creative freedom.
In case you don’t know who Ninja Theory are, Ninja Theory, Ltd. is an independent video game developer based in Cambridge, England. Originally founded as Just Add Monsters in March 2000, the company was purchased by former Argonaut Games CEO Jez San in November 2004. They created games like Heavenlyblade, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and DmC: Devil May Cry.
They have just announced that they are going independent with their latest project HellBlade, claiming that with this new found creative freedom they will be able to create the game they want while providing the high level quality most AAA title are expected to have.
According to the Product Development Manager Dominic Matthews in an interview with gamestm:
This is the future for Ninja Theory – we’re creating our own IP and we’ve got creative control over our own games. But we want other mid-size developers to make games like this, as well. Because if we can show this model is a success, or at least viable, then wouldn’t it be fantastic to live in a games industry where there are tons of mid-size studios that can produce super high-quality, really creative games?
This isn’t about us making millions and millions of pounds; this is about us making a living, making the games that we want to make. If we can do that, we’ll be happy. It’s a lot of fun doing this, making games. If we can deliver niche games to fans that want them, then it’s a model that can work for the players as much as it can work for us.
I for one I’m glad to hear of this news as I have always preferred originality and creativity over anything else and to hear this from the devs give me some hope for the future of the gaming industry.
HellBlade is planned for PC and PS4 in 2015.