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Elder Scrolls Lead Ken Rolston Joins The Long Dark Team
Developer Hinterland Games has added veteran game designer Ken Rolston to their staff of not even a dozen employees. Rolston is mostly known for being the lead designer on both The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
At Hinterland Games, Rolston will help in the creation of the new studio’s first title, The Long Dark, which is due for a stint on Steam through Early Access any day now. This project is a realistic survival experience molded in a stylish appearance of colorful hazes and warm lighting with minimalistic models.
Prior to The Elder Scrolls, Ken Rolston built a name through traditional pen-and-paper roleplaying games (RPG). Dungeons & Dragons is just one of the many accolades on the designer’s resume, which also holds a Games Workshop Warhammer RPG pitch.
Rolston had been wavering for a while, joining Big Huge Games prior to their bust, when Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning eventually crumbled under the studio’s giant financial woes. Then, the designer moved on to developer Turbine, known for The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
With The Long Dark, the team can now make use of even more expertise than before. For just a few key people, developer Hinterland Games packs a lot of credits.
Creative director Raph Van Lierop is known for work on several Warhammer titles and Company of Heroes. Other employees include the former director of the Saints Row series, a BioWare audio designer and the writer for the God of War franchise.
Watch out for The Long Dark on Early Access on September 22.