This week, I’m going to depart a little from the usual insights into the world around Star Wars: The Old Republic
and talk about another studio that isn’t owned by LucasFilm
and certainly isn’t owned by Electronic Arts
. I’d like to talk about Fogbank Entertainment
Some people believe that a studio makes a game what is it. Others believe that it’s the IP that the studio carries that makes the video game unique. I think that IP and the studio name carry weight. I certainly would not play SWTOR as much as I do if it carried an IP like Valérian and Laureline. But one of the primary reasons that I believe that SWTOR performed as well as it did (or didn’t, depending on your opinion) was the quality of the people behind it. For me, some of the most integral people to making a good game are the writers. And many of the SWTOR writers have moved on from BioWare and have effectively started their own studio: Fogbank.
If you recognize names like Daniel Erickson, Alexander Freed, Drew Karpyshyn, and Hall Hood, then you will definitely want to see what they are up to at Fogbank Entertainment. If you don’t know who they are, then give me a moment to explain why they are superstars of the gaming and MMO industry.
When you leave the theaters after seeing Rogue One and find yourself craving more explanations or simply more of the story, you might turn to the official novelization (yes, apparently studios still put those out from time to time).
The interesting connection for MMO players is that the Rogue One novelization was penned by Alexander Freed, who is credited with writing the highly regarded Imperial Agent storyline in Star Wars: The Old Republic. Freed worked on the IA story and other projects at BioWare before leaving in 2012 to become a freelance writer.
Freed recently tackled another Star Wars military tale in Battlefront: Twilight Company. The Rogue One novelization promises “new scenes and expanded material” that might shed more light on the proceedings in this month’s motion picture event. If you prefer to listen rather than read, Rogue One is available on Audible as well.