Patrick Söderlund, the former Chief design officer at EA, has released concept art and footage for his studio Embark's first game.
Revealed on the studios blog, Embark is creating a "cooperative free-to-play action game set in a distant future, about overcoming seemingly impossible odds by working together."
The game is being developed with an internally augmented version of Epic’s Unreal Engine, with Söderlund noting the "team is now having lots of fun getting to know the engine, and are making good headway."
Check out the incredible footage here.
The team has only been working for three months but is already making incredible headway with the concept art and environment footage on display. The footage shows off stunning time-lapse footage you'd expect to see in a major BBC documentary. The environment on display was created in a mere three weeks and provides a glimpse of the 256 square kilometre terrain with dynamic weather and lighting. The team is utilising real-world scanning data along with procedurally placed objects.
The studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden, so far consists of fifty staff members, many of whom have come from other major studios. The team wants to "blur the line between playing and making, with games and tools that empower anyone to create" and further stated their "belief is that the more people that are empowered to create, the better, more interesting and more diverse games will become."
From the brief environment video and the concept art alone, my interest is already piqued. Here's hoping the small team can reach their impressive goals and build a decent game to go with the breathtaking modified engine.