Hi there. I’m Steve. I wanted to tell you about this company I’m a part of.
It’s a new video game studio, founded by me, Johnnemann Nordhagen, and Karla Zimonja. We all worked together for years, then parted ways for a while, and now we’re back together, starting up our own thing in beautiful Portland, Oregon.
So why did we decide to start The Fullbright Company?
We spent a lot of time working on games that were incredibly inspiring to be part of: games in the BioShock series, that do such an amazing job of balancing story and atmosphere with player-driven exploration. And we got a chance to tell a story of our own in the world of Rapture when we collaborated closely on Minerva’s Den, work we’re very proud of.
And basically, in our time apart after that project, we missed it. We missed working on a small team, on a small project, focused on telling a personal story in a player-driven way. We wanted to do that again. It was fun last time.
So we bailed out of corporate game development and reformed as an indie team, to see what we can do on our own. Well, ‘on our own’ is a big exaggeration. We’ll need lots of help from our talented friends who make amazing music and sound, and from environment artists who want to get involved in making our gameworld look mysterious and atmospheric and alive.
But regardless of the means, our intent in the end is simply to make a great game. A memorable experience that you’ll be drawn into, and keep thinking about after the game’s turned off, and want to come back to again someday. An experience that gets away from the constraints of ossified game genres, while relying on what we’re good at as a team: creating immersive places to inhabit, and a deep, personal story to explore at your own pace. A nonviolent game in an unfantastical locale; an experience that not many games provide, built out of techniques that only video games can employ.
There’s a long journey ahead of us, and we intend to share as much of it with you as we can. For now though, we’re just glad to have you along for the ride.
Watch this space. There’ll be more soon.