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Bioshock Studio Irrational Games Rebrands as Ghost Story

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After officially shutting its doors in 2014, the studio behind Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, Irrational Games, has returned with a new mission and a new name: Ghost Story.

This new studio is dedicated to the production of “immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them,” and thus retains at least a spiritual link to the Bioshock series. However, coupled with this narrative focus is the desire to “craft experiences where the gameplay is as challenging as the stories,” suggesting a very different approach from the linearity of previous games.

Once again helmed by Ken Levine, Ghost Story currently comprises twelve members of the former Irrational team, but is currently undertaking a recruitment drive, looking for a senior designer and senior level builder, among others.

Although the studio is not yet ready to release specific details of its first game, it is referred to as a “new immersive sci-fi game with RPG elements.” Despite the lack of concrete information on the project, Levine has been vocal about his desire to forge a new direction since Bioshock Infinite, including creating video game experiences that are highly replayable, and has previously mentioned the possibility of a “small open world” and a new design process that he referred to as “narrative Lego“.

OnlySP’s former Editor-in-Chief Lachlan Williams reviewed Bioshock Infinite, scoring it a perfect 10/10, and calling it “a triumph of interactive entertainment [that] will undoubtedly go down as one of the best games of this generation,” before later writing a massive three-part analysis of the game and its ties to its predecessor.

Given the team’s pedigree, whatever Ghost Story is working on is bound to be of keen interest to single-player gamers, and OnlySP will be sure to follow its production. Be sure to bookmark OnlySP and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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