Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar North following a messy dispute with the company, has set up his own studio and is looking to change how we play games.
The studio does not yet have a name, but this has not stopped Benzies from revealing his plans for what he believes to be the next step in games development. The former Rockstar dev has given the game a working title of ‘Everywhere’, which seems fitting given the proposed concept the developers have in mind. In an interview with VentureBeat, Benzies stated that “…players are getting smarter and require more from their games”, a sentiment shared by his colleague and former GTA dev Matthew Smith. Smith added that the aim is to make the player feel as if they are “…living in a genuinely alternate reality”.From the sounds of it, the developers are aiming to create a game that places players in a world every bit as real as our own. While this sounds incredibly ambitious, its interesting and indeed encouraging to hear this kind of vision from those who create the games we play.
Benzies recently sued his old employers for $150 million in a public spat where he claimed he was being forced out by other executives. Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, refuted these claims, even stating that Benzies’ reasoning for sueing the company was “downright bizarre”.
Bizarre or not, this is clearly a man who has the power and influence to create new, exciting games, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on any developments here.