2K today announced the formation of Hangar 13, a new development studio under its 2K publishing label. Led by veteran game developer Haden Blackman, Hangar 13 is located at the 2K headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is working on an unannounced next-generation title.
“It was an easy choice bringing on a talented creative mind and proven leader like Haden Blackman to head our new 2K studio,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Under Blackman’s direction, Hangar 13 will lead the charge in creating some of the most memorable AAA experiences of this generation.”
Blackman brings a wealth of creative and production experience to the 2K family. He began his career as a writer at LucasArts Entertainment, and later became the franchise director and senior executive producer for the Star Wars video game franchise. During his time there, Blackman became an instrumental figure in shaping and launching many of the company’s most beloved Star Wars titles, including Knights of the Old Republic and The Force Unleashed. Blackman then went on to co-found Fearless Studios, an independent developer which was acquired by Kabam in January, 2012. An accomplished writer, Blackman has also won multiple awards for his writing, including the Writer’s Guild of America Videogame Writing Award for The Force Unleashed, and a GLAAD Media Award for his work on DC Comics’ Batwoman, a New York Times best-selling comic book series. Blackman is currently writing Elektra for Marvel Comics.
“At Hangar 13, our mantra is ‘Every player story is unique,’” said Blackman. “Our ambition is to create next-generation games that allow players to shape their own experiences, from the moment-to-moment gameplay, to the long-term impact on the world, characters and narrative. To realize this goal, we’re building proprietary technology and assembling a core team passionate about delivering mature experiences loaded with meaningful choices.”
Hangar 13 is the newest studio to join 2K’s talented family of global developers located in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. Based out of Novato, California, Hangar 13 will have access to the industry’s most cutting-edge resources, technology and talented developers, allowing 2K to continue to publish the most outstanding entertainment experiences available