Aarp Games is the studio behind some of the most influential gaming franchises, including the Halo series, the Grand Theft Auto series, and most recently, the hit video game Super Smash Bros. The developer of a few popular games has made the most of its freedom and creativity in recent years, with titles such as the recent hit Final Fantasy XV and the forthcoming Doom, among others.
But despite its massive roster of games, Aarp is best known for making a few games that have taken some time to develop.
And that’s where it comes in.
Aarp Games started out in 1998 with a title called The Tower, a game that, at its time, had just one playable character, and which was made entirely for the PlayStation.
Aarp’s main focus was on the single-player campaign, which was set in a futuristic city called Elysium.
But after a year, the team realized that there were many more stories to tell and wanted to expand the game with more characters.
The team went to the help of a local video game studio called Mute, and they found the perfect partner for their game.
Mute’s studio director, Matt Jones, was working on a project called The Chronicles of Prydain, and he wanted to bring his team up to speed with a new kind of single-screen game.
“Matt asked me if I’d like to join the team,” Aarp founder and CEO Matt Coker told Al Jazeera.
“He was very excited about what he was creating.”
The team quickly discovered that Mute was in a position to be the game studio for the studio.
Mandy Henson, a former game designer at Mute and now a senior member of the team, told Aljazeera that Mandy was the perfect fit.
“They had a lot of experience in development, and I thought that they were very flexible,” she said.
Meryl Dornbush, a programmer and lead designer, was a natural choice for the project.
“She has a very strong background in design, but she’s also very good at programming,” Coker said.
The project began in May, and it took almost two years to complete, with some of that time spent in the studio’s studio, working on the story.
Mika Todras, a senior producer at Mandy, told The New York Times that Meryl’s background in programming allowed her to focus on the art of the game rather than just the gameplay.
Mature content, however, was the goal for all of the games.
“Our goal was to do something that was as polished and as detailed as possible,” she told the Times.
Meryl and the team had an early idea about the style of the story, but the game itself was a bit different from the rest of the series.
Mears was originally going to be a “story of a hero that has to go into the tower and kill all the monsters,” Cocker said.
Instead, Mears’ story would be set during a conflict between humans and a powerful alien race, and the aliens would control a lot more of the world.
“We wanted to create a game where we would not be controlling the characters as much,” he said.
“If we were controlling them, we were only controlling one part of the universe.”
The developers had a plan to bring a lot into the game, but they weren’t ready to show it yet.
“The first thing that Mika told me was that she wanted us to do everything with the camera,” Cokers said.
The team quickly realized that they had to start with the characters.
“You can’t really make the game like you want it to be,” Jones said.
When Meryl was working, the developers would use the cameras to capture scenes and then cut them into the main gameplay, with the character movements captured in a live feed that was then played back on the studio system.
“It was the most time-consuming part of our project,” Meryl said.
Mika’s team was also working on adding in a lot less in-game content.
“Meryl was very ambitious,” Cockers said, adding that Miki would be the one to help put that into the gameplay, adding, “If Miki had not come, we probably wouldn’t have been able to make the kind of content that we did.”
The first playable character was called Kukui.
“When we first got into it, we didn’t really have a lot to work with,” Mika said.
But Mika was able to capture her personality in real time and make it work with the animations.
“That was the first time we got into that world and it felt natural,” Miki said.
Kuku was initially only available in a single-world mode, but later on, Mika started to make a handful of playable worlds, and now the character has several worlds, including a one-time world in which he will only appear once.
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