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Some excellent news emerged this weekend by way of a press release announcing the establishment of a new studio called Tactical Simulations Interactive that was formed by two Strategic Simulations, Inc. veterans (namely David Shelley and Paul Murray) for the purpose of "bringing back the Gold Box RPG experience". Their current project is not specifically mentioned in the announcement, but the official website features a nine-day countdown suggesting that we'll know more on Monday, August 18th:
Introducing TSI Tactical Simulations Interactive
New independent video games studio formed by SSI alumni, aiming to bring back the (Gold Box) RPG experience for a new generation
August 8, 2014 - Los Angeles, USA /. Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI), a new independent video games studio with old school RPG sensibilities, has been established by Strategic Simulations Inc. veterans Paul Murray and David Shelley, and company President David Klein.
Drawing on their experience at SSI, the team at TSI aims to provide the next step in meaningful player experiences in the same way that SSI's '˜Gold Box' titles did during the 1980s and 1990s.
David Shelley takes on the role of Producer/Lead Designer, while Paul Murray serves as Technical Designer at TSI. The team was integral to the international success of Strategic Simulations Inc.'s genre-defining RPGs, such as Curse of the Azure Bonds, Pool of Radiance, and Wizard's Crown.
David Shelley, Producer/Lead Designer, TSI said:
(Tactical Simulations Interactive is a return to providing the player full control of their party, with a focus on creating immersive and unforgettable story experiences, exciting exploration, meaningful social/political choices, and robust tactical combat.)
The Gold Box series of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons RPGs were produced by SSI between 1988 and 1993 using the same game engine, provided a quality game experience that was (true to tabletop) and allowed players to create, customize and control a full party with tactical combat. They earned the Gold Box moniker because of the gold boxes that they came packaged in, with the series also acting as a precursor to RPG classics like Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment and Neverwinter Nights.
Tactical Simulations Interactive will reveal more details about its debut title in the near future. To keep updated, visit:
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