After leaving the games industry to direct the Wing Commander movie and produce films like The Punisher and Lucky Number Slevin, Wing Commander and Privateer creator Chris Roberts is returning to the medium that put him on the map.
This information was revealed via a mysterious site for Roberts Space Industries that includes a countdown to 10th October at 10a.m. EST during GDC Online. A password is required to access the site, but entering 42 (i.e. the meaning of life, the universe, and everything from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) results in a message from Roberts about his upcoming title at his new studio Cloud Imperium Games.
"Ten years ago, at the height of my career I took a break," said Roberts. "Not because I stopped loving or playing games but because I had become frustrated with the limits of the technology at the time to realise my vision."
"With the power of today's computers and the reach of the internet I finally feel I have the tools to build the connected experience that I always dreamed of. A world that would be more satisfying and richer than any film I could work on," he added.
"I'm here to tell you that I have been working on something for just under a year, something that embraces everything that my past games stood for but takes it to the next level."
"With films you tell stories but with games you create worlds," Roberts stated. "If you would indulge me I would like to create a world for you."
Upon "enlisting" for Roberts Space Industries on the site, you're given a link to a digital ticket withe the following message:
"Upon purchase of a Roberts Industries Spaceship, I do invite you to a private showing of my next creation and the opportunity to participate in its development over the next 24 months. Once completed, you will receive a very special equipment package that only the golden ticket holders are entitled to."