The writer of Half-Life 2 and Left 4 Dead spilled the beans that he's working on a new shooter

Chet Faliszek, writer of episodes of Half-Life 2, both Left 4 Dead and Portal, announced the creation of

own studio called Stray Bombay.The writer founded the company with former Riot Games game designer Kimberly Wall, saying that together they plan to create team-based games. Now Falizek has moved from words to actions by starting work on the first game, Stray Bombay.

What is known

According to VG247, then Chet and Kimberlyare developing an online shooter with an unusual approach to player selection. Often, a game brings together gamers based on their skills, but in the Stray Bombay project, matchmaking is based on social interactions.

"One of the things that ourco-founder worked at Riot - matchmaking and how we perceive it. For example, you play Left 4 Dead on Thursday and the session is going great. Then the game asks: “Hey, would you like to add this person as a friend?” It's like saying, "Hey, we had our first date, let's get married." Clearly overkill.

If you know what happens from session tosession, you can say: “Hey, these people play together, they are looking for games on Thursday - let's send them to the same room and give them the opportunity to play again.” Our measurement parameters are related to the social element, and not to abilities, ”Falizhek explained

The writer added that the system will also track the progress of players. So, if the assembled team has already played and earned a series of victories, then the game will increase the difficulty.

The second feature of the shooter is the emphasis on gamingprocess, not manufacturability. The developers want to minimize “technical risks”, so the game will not have a character editor or progression system, which gamers have already become accustomed to.

The developers left the release date, platforms and even the name of the project a secret.

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