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The Secret World Forum » General Discussion » Tornquist gone to new studio

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  Nikopol

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11/02/12 12:08:52 PM#21

As much as I enjoy The Secret World, I'd much rather have him work on a new The Longest Journey game... even at the risk of it hurting TSW...

Because The Longest Journey games are some of the best the adventure genre has ever offered.

So, good call, Ragnar! :)

 

  Rawiz

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11/02/12 4:28:13 PM#22

Best news I've seen from FunCom in  like 5 years.

Let's hope he gets to make a proper adventure game (with no cash shop, sub, or WoWified grind).

If he actually goes for his old work, please change the Dreamfall style of UI..

  fallenlords

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OP  11/03/12 6:39:38 AM#23
Originally posted by revy66

The RPS interview clearly states he is still working with the TSW team, yeah I know it's a terrible hit for the haters but it is what it is.

Tørnquist: Yes. I’ll still be contributing a lot to the story side, advising Joel and the team. I’m working on the master story document at the moment, making sure all the threads are coming together and we know where we’re at. I want to make sure the team are as independent as possible but I have no plans to leave. TSW is very dear to me and I plan to stay on as long as possible.

The word naive springs to mind.  Starting a new studio, developing a new game.  Look at the language used in what is being said I will be 'still be contributing' ... 'advising Joel and the team' ... 'working on the master story document'...'make sure the team are as independent as possible'.  Ended with by the way 'I have no plans to leave'.   That is not confident language of somebody even having a minor impact on TSW.  When will you realise they have taken the game off Ragnar and given it to Joel.  They won't say that because of the name and the associations.  This was Ragnar's game .. now he's advising, still be contributing, writing the story... come on.  Is he bothered ask yourself that, yes he is so bothered he licenses the rights for Dreamfall from Funcom and started his own studio.  In other words he taking steps to be independent of Funcom.

  Elsabolts

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11/03/12 6:47:14 AM#24

Its a Demotion or he's not happy with Funcom, my guess is alittle of both.

  revy66

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11/03/12 6:57:52 AM#25
Originally posted by fallenlords
Originally posted by revy66

The RPS interview clearly states he is still working with the TSW team, yeah I know it's a terrible hit for the haters but it is what it is.

Tørnquist: Yes. I’ll still be contributing a lot to the story side, advising Joel and the team. I’m working on the master story document at the moment, making sure all the threads are coming together and we know where we’re at. I want to make sure the team are as independent as possible but I have no plans to leave. TSW is very dear to me and I plan to stay on as long as possible.

The word naive springs to mind.  Starting a new studio, developing a new game.  Look at the language used in what is being said I will be 'still be contributing' ... 'advising Joel and the team' ... 'working on the master story document'...'make sure the team are as independent as possible'.  Ended with by the way 'I have no plans to leave'.   That is not confident language of somebody even having a minor impact on TSW.  When will you realise they have taken the game off Ragnar and given it to Joel.  They won't say that because of the name and the associations.  This was Ragnar's game .. now he's advising, still be contributing, writing the story... come on.  Is he bothered ask yourself that, yes he is so bothered he licenses the rights for Dreamfall from Funcom and started his own studio.  In other words he taking steps to be independent of Funcom.

So first you lie that Ragnar is leaving the company and starting his own studio, which he did not and then you won't believe him either on the interview he gave because in your own twisted mind you want to watch the world burn for whatever reason, if it helps you sleep at night I guess okay then.

  halflife25

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11/03/12 7:15:29 AM#26
Originally posted by revy66
Originally posted by fallenlords
Originally posted by revy66

The RPS interview clearly states he is still working with the TSW team, yeah I know it's a terrible hit for the haters but it is what it is.

Tørnquist: Yes. I’ll still be contributing a lot to the story side, advising Joel and the team. I’m working on the master story document at the moment, making sure all the threads are coming together and we know where we’re at. I want to make sure the team are as independent as possible but I have no plans to leave. TSW is very dear to me and I plan to stay on as long as possible.

The word naive springs to mind.  Starting a new studio, developing a new game.  Look at the language used in what is being said I will be 'still be contributing' ... 'advising Joel and the team' ... 'working on the master story document'...'make sure the team are as independent as possible'.  Ended with by the way 'I have no plans to leave'.   That is not confident language of somebody even having a minor impact on TSW.  When will you realise they have taken the game off Ragnar and given it to Joel.  They won't say that because of the name and the associations.  This was Ragnar's game .. now he's advising, still be contributing, writing the story... come on.  Is he bothered ask yourself that, yes he is so bothered he licenses the rights for Dreamfall from Funcom and started his own studio.  In other words he taking steps to be independent of Funcom.

So first you lie that Ragnar is leaving the company and starting his own studio, which he did not and then you won't believe him either on the interview he gave because in your own twisted mind you want to watch the world burn for whatever reason, if it helps you sleep at night I guess okay then.

Just check his posting history  He has admiited many times that he wants to see Funcom burn to ground. You can not discuss or reason with such people. Sounds like an ex employee who got sacked from the company.

  xmenty

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11/03/12 7:45:11 AM#27

Tornquist should just leave Funcom and fully focus on his own company.

He have all the experience to produce a good SRPG.

Pardon my English as it is not my 1st language :)

  fallenlords

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OP  11/03/12 8:27:18 AM#28
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I didn't lie, the original article I read stated Tornquist had setup a new studio.  It was a natural assumption to assume he had left Funcom to do that.  For information Funcom had to clarify that Tornquist was still with them, so it wasn't only me that thought he had gone his separate way.

 

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  fallenlords

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OP  11/03/12 8:54:12 AM#29
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The latest thing with Ragnar is fair enough, go back to what you are good at ... good for him.  But at the same time don't be delusional.  Ragnar is making sure Ragnar is set for the future.  He has a contingency and something to fall back on.  So what do you think he will still be working 37.5+ hours a week at Funcom, then doing his own thing with his own studio at weekends and in the evening.   We won't see Dreamfall Chapters before the end of the decade if that is the case.  One foot out the door and the other will follow soon.  Not that I have ever been right on anything to do with Funcom.  With any luck we might get Joel back to defend his corner, tell me how much 'influence' Ragnar still has with TSW! And they are not going free to play 'anytime soon'...
 
  Eudaimon

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11/03/12 9:17:28 AM#30

Shouldn't really be a surprise IMO - Ragnar's strength is storytelling, and I imagine it's a part of the game design process that he both likes and can (hopefully) turn to a profit.

Funcom's future outlook from their Q2 report is towards "Building smaller, more focussed online games" and "Player driven content, engagement and community", which sounds, to me, like it'll leave a lot less room for story elements than has been allowed in recent releases.

Long story short - I think Ragnar and Funcom's aims now diverge over the "story" element.

  ShakyMo

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11/03/12 9:53:02 AM#31
Just seen the 1.4 patch notes and the huge huge improvements they are making to pvp. Looks like funcom are maybe focussing less on story and getting the other systems right. If these pvp changes work, tsw should be a good game pvp wise. 1.3 brought the rp things like the theatre, I wonder if the cabal housing will come with 1.5. Tsw always had potential to be a good mmo, its main drawback was there was nothing for you at endgame unless you liked grinding dungeons a lot.
  Ortwig

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11/03/12 9:57:37 AM#32
Originally posted by ShakyMo
Just seen the 1.4 patch notes and the huge huge improvements they are making to pvp. Looks like funcom are maybe focussing less on story and getting the other systems right. If these pvp changes work, tsw should be a good game pvp wise. 1.3 brought the rp things like the theatre, I wonder if the cabal housing will come with 1.5. Tsw always had potential to be a good mmo, its main drawback was there was nothing for you at endgame unless you liked grinding dungeons a lot.

And here are the notes:

http://unfair.co/gaming/the-secret-world/the-secret-world-update-version-1-4-test-live-patch-notes/

...and on PVP:

http://forums.thesecretworld.com/showthread.php?t=60920#postmenu_1443985

  User Deleted
11/04/12 5:32:55 PM#33

Tornquist was the main writer and brain behind the wonderful themes, missions and story details?


If so, he's really got some skill - I hope his new gig works out for him.

  OG_Zorvan

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11/04/12 5:35:11 PM#34
Originally posted by Keylogger

Tornquist was the main writer and brain behind the wonderful themes, missions and story details?


If so, he's really got some skill - I hope his new gig works out for him.

He's also the writer and brains behind the Longest Journey games, and the original lore/storyline writer of Anarchy Online.

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  Scalpless

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11/05/12 3:14:07 AM#35

I don't know how successful Dreamfall Chapters will be. IIRC, Dreamfall itself wasn't a huge commercial success, although maybe that's because it was a very flawed game in some ways. Still, it's one of my favorite series and hopefully, we'll see a good continuation of it soon enough. So, for me, this is good news.

As for TSW, it could do just fine even without as much involvement from Ragnar. It doesn't need as much writing now that it's out and TSW has some other good writers, too.

  GR3NDEL

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11/05/12 12:33:11 PM#36

Ragnar's new company is called 'Red Thread Games'.

One of the new missions being released in TSW is 'The Red Thread'.

Hmmmmm..... interesting.

  User Deleted
11/07/12 5:30:00 AM#37


Originally posted by OG_Zorvan

Originally posted by Keylogger Tornquist was the main writer and brain behind the wonderful themes, missions and story details? If so, he's really got some skill - I hope his new gig works out for him.
He's also the writer and brains behind the Longest Journey games, and the original lore/storyline writer of Anarchy Online.


Well fuck.

That explains alot.

Longest Journey was great and AO/RK gave me a huge nerd boner.

Given a good company (read: $$$) he'll knock some gold out, I bet.


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