TennoCon 2022 had a slew of surprising announcements from Digital Extremes, such as the new Soulframe game and the partnership to publish Airship Syndicate’s next title.
Airship Syndicate, as you may already know, is an Austin-based studio founded by famed comic book artist Joe Madureira. According to the developers, who appeared in a brief interview, it will be an online action RPG based on a fantastic new IP.
Steve Madureira (lead designer): It is a third person action game. New original characters, original world, never seen before.
Ryan Stefanelli (President and Game Director): We would never have tried this type of game right away. That’s why we started with something like Battle Chasers. Then we dabbled in multiplayer with Darksiders Genesis, and now we’re going all out with this new game.
Joe Madureira (CEO): It’s our biggest game yet. We are building a much bigger world than ever before. But for that, it’s really more of a world you live in. Potentially every day for years to come.
Ryan Stefanelli: We’ve been fans of many genres over the years, and we’ve kind of worn those influences on our sleeve. One genre that we never really thought we could tackle is MMOs.
Joe Madureira: For us, like, we played a lot of games together online, so it’s finally fun get to work on a game like this where we build a world that players can experience together.
Ryan Stefanelli: I don’t think we would have tackled this type of online game without a partner like DE, a group that knows how to do it.
Steve Madureira: This game is really character driven. Characters have personalities. They have relationships with each other.
Andrés Ortiz Suàrez (lead programmer): We want players to feel excited about all the different characters they’re going to have in their arsenal.
Billy Garretsen (lead UX designer): We blend a lot of modern sensibilities and modern technology into these fantastic definitions to create something brand new.
Brooke Griffith (lead programmer): What makes this game special is the sense of adventure and camaraderie.
Ryan Cullum (level designer): Secret places.
Emily Christianson (Host): He has an identity.
Michel Blackard (producer): People are going to be so jazzed up.
The game doesn’t even have a name yet, but Airship Syndicate is revealing it later this year at The Game Awards 2022.