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Topic: Former DICE Boss, Patrick Söderlund, Has Revealed His New I...
Steve Farrelly
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Söderlund famously walked away from one of the top jobs at EA and DICE last year to form Stockholm-based Indie, Embark Studios. And while normally departures with so little water travelled under the bridge bear little-to-no details on upcoming projects, the prominent gaming figure has revealed the studio's first project to be a "cooperative free-to-play action game set in a distant future, about overcoming seemingly impossible odds by working together".

As reported by PC Gamer, Söderlund and team settled early on a concept and are deeply entrenched in making it a reality. However, unlike how he handled projects at EA and DICE, Söderlund has declared a transparent and open development process that will be iterated on as much is needed after said project hits the wild -- a goal Embark Studios is hoping to make happen sooner, rather than later.

"In a shorter time than I would have expected, the early team here settled around an idea for our first proper game  —  an idea that we were immediately excited about," Söderlund said in a recent post. "[An idea] that resonates with our mission, and that we have now begun prototyping.

"After testing and trying different alternatives, we have decided to develop this game in Epic’s Unreal Engine, augmented with some of our own new technology," he continued. "Our team is now having lots of fun getting to know the engine, and are making good headway.

"For instance, here’s a terrain test that our art team has been working on, showcasing just how powerful Unreal can be."

It sounds like the studio want to hit Early Access as quickly as possible, and thankfully it doesn't sound like a Battle Royale experience, but you never know these days. We'll update you as Embark drops more information over the coming months.

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