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Stuart Black goes solo with new indie studio

"I've got everything to prove - let's just make a f****** game," says dev as he leaves big publishers for iOS

Game developer and industry veteran Stuart Black, the man behind the original gun porn shooter Black, has left the bullets and big publishers behind to go solo with his new indie studio.

"All I care about is making games. I really just want to make a really f***ing cool game," Black told GamesIndustry International.

"I really don't care about any of the other stuff, the politicking or whatever is involved when you get in any large group of people."

Black was made redundant from his last project, WW2 shooter Enemy Front for City Interactive, just a few months ago.

"And I kind of felt, regardless of how they framed it as 'we're making you redundant because of strategic and financial reasons' it's inevitable, I would do the same, that people are going to think 'he f***ed that up.' The only reason you get rid of your creative director halfway through is because they f***ed up in some significant way," he explained.

"I just felt like I've got everything to prove. And it just comes down to making a game, so let's just make a f***ing game."

"So I kind of felt I looked really bad, my credibility is really going to take a hit from this when people start hearing about this and I just felt like I've got everything to prove. And it just comes down to making a game, so let's just make a f***ing game."

And so he is, with two projects in mind at the moment. One for iOS, and a more ambitious Unreal game for the future.

"I'm talking to a few people, I've got a couple of threads on the go at the moment. I'm looking at doing something on the iPhone, the iPad, with some chaps at Leading Light, a concept company based here in Guildford."

"And there's something I want to do on the PC, through Steam possibly. I've been messing around with the Unreal engine so I'm looking at doing something there as well with that. That's something that's a little bit longer term, something we can maybe build a bit of a franchise base around and do. I'm very interested in episodic content, and looking at different ways of how we make content."

For more on Black's departure from City Interactive, time at Codemasters making Bodycount and his plans for the future, check out the full and exclusive interview with him next week.

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Latest comments (12)

Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 4 years ago
That's a f***ing interesting interview. His new studio name almost hints towards this new direction he's going in?
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Alex Wright-Manning Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Datascope4 years ago
Stuart Black says f**k in an interview shocker!
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.4 years ago
Hang on. Is there any connection with the name of the game and his last name - Black? And now he has a studio titled Self.

Good f******* luck and all.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 11th October 2012 5:04pm

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Jack Nilssen Independent Game Developer, Dark Acre4 years ago
Who?
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Tamir Ibrahim Programmer, Rodeo Games4 years ago
I'll just leave this video of the game credits for Black here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db53wVVbICY

@Jim
No. No connection.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Tamir Ibrahim on 12th October 2012 10:49am

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Nicolas Rx Gérant, NoFrag4 years ago
"my credibility is really going to take a hit "

Ah ah ah, this is cute.
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Nice one, Tamir. :)
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@ jim - no connection. just coincidence :)
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 4 years ago
Bodycount got a Metacritic of 50 on the PS3 and 53 on the Xbox 360, though I am sure that none of the blame for this attaches to Stuart.

There are lotsof big studio people forming iOS studios just now, Caperfly and 22 Cans for instance. All seem to think that it will allow them to unleash suppressed creativity. Which makes for interesting times for the game player as well as the industry.
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Richard Hill-Whittall Director, Icon Games4 years ago
Comes across as a bit of a dick
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Steve Nicholls Programmer 4 years ago
He does come across very immature. Not very respectable. Not a good start.
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Jamie Knight International Editor in Chief, Playnation2 years ago
says 'Jack Nilssen ' oh, come on...you must know him? Jack NILSSEN? , the guy with the...erm...no me neither

this is the problem allowing any random to make accounts for what used to be industry only PROVEN professionals
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