The former general manager of BioWare has announced the first game his new studio is currently working on.
Nightingale is described as a “shared-world survival crafting game set within a rich Victorian gaslamp fantasy setting”.
The game has players visiting mystical portals to explore a series of dangerous realms in search of Nightingale, the “last haven of humanity”.
Players can either play through the game solo, or team up with others as they gather materials to construct settlements and craft tools and weapons to fight monsters and magical enemies.
Nightingale is being developed by Inflexion Games, a new studio formerly known as Improbable Canada. The team has over 100 staff, and some of its veteran developers have worked on series like Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
The studio is led by Aaryn Flynn, the former general manager at BioWare, who had previously spent 17 years there before leaving in 2017. He joined Improbable’s Canadian studio the following year, and Nightingale is the result of the team’s past three years of work.
“Our team at Inflexion Games has been working diligently to create this enthralling universe of magic, mystery, and wonder, and we are thrilled to finally be revealing it to the world,” Flynn said in a prepared statement.
“We are also privileged to have such extraordinary partners backing the studio, with the proud support of Tencent, as well as collaborating with Improbable’s worldwide teams as we leverage its IMS tools.
“From the beginning, we knew we wanted to build an intricate fantasy setting as rich and full of history and life as anything we’ve worked on in the past. The realms of Nightingale are vast and have many secrets to uncover, and we cannot wait for players to start discovering them.”
Nightingale is currently in development for Early Access PC release in 2022, and closed testing will start in the coming months.