TangentlemanPic 19 Mar

Tomb Raider creator Toby Gard and veterans from the Call of Duty and Spec Ops franchises have formed a new studio called The Tangentlemen.

The studio’s creative director duties will be shared by Toby Gard, designer of the first Tomb Raider, and Cory Davis, lead designer of Spec Ops: The Line. Rich Smith, senior artist at both Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment is the studio’s art director, while John Garcia-Shelton who worked on both the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty franchises will be Tangentlemen’s general manager and head of production.

“The rocketing costs of AAA development led to a creative stagnation in games until the recent explosion of the indie scene,” Gard said in a statement. “We have formed Tangentlemen to take some creative risks and trust our belief that there is an audience who want fun experiences that don’t fall comfortably inside predefined marketing boxes.”

“Our solutions are not what you’d expect,” added Davis. “They’re often weird, or even absurd, with strong gestures that challenge the status quo. Our games are extreme in their thematic, narrative, and mechanical design. I seriously can’t wait to tell you exactly what we’re up to right now.”

Tangentlemen’s first project is currently known as “Daedalus“. It is just in its concept phase but the studio describes it as an “existential, surreal horror trip”, and will be releasing more info about it soon.

(via GI International)