There’s a new family game on the horizon, called Spyjinx, and it’s being developed by J.J. Abrams’ studio Bad Robot in collaboration with Chair, a subsidiary of Epic Games. Chair games include Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex.

Geoff Keighley interviewed Abrams and Donald Mustard of Chair about their collaboration. Abrams acknowledged that past video game/movie collaborations haven’t been universally successful. But Abrams and Mustard believe they can provide tools to make gamers stay engaged. They didn’t give many details about Spyjinx, except to say that it involves action, strategy, world-building, and role-playing elements. It’s set in a “thrilling, treacherous world of espionage,” accoring to the website.

“It’s not quite like anything [else],” Abrams said.

The developers plan to shape the game during the beta. You can sign up to be considered for the closed beta on the website.

The game is being developed on the Unreal Engine, which will allow it to be available on a lot of different platforms. “We wanted this game to be available on as many devices as possible,” said Mustard.  It’s expected to be released in 2016 for the PC, mobile platforms, and tablets.

Linda Breneman

Linda Breneman

Linda learned to play video games as a way to connect with her teenaged kids, and then she learned to love video games for their own sake. At Pixelkin she wrangles the business & management side of things, writes posts as often as she can, reaches out on the social media, and does the occasional panel or talk. She lives in Seattle, where she writes, studies, plays video games, spends time with her family, consumes vast quantities of science fiction, and looks after her small cockapoo. She loves to hear from people out there. You can read more about her at her website, Linda Breneman.com or her family foundation's website, ludusproject.org.