Ryan Payton, who you may know best as assistant producer on Metal Gear Solid 4, left the service of Kojima Productions in 2008. He then went on to join the Microsoft-owned 343 Industries, current handlers of the Halo franchise. Then, in 2011, Payton resigned from 343 to establish his own company, Camouflaj, which is now working on an original game.


The game’s title is Republique, and you can watch a trailer for it above. Republique is set in a dystopian future, and the story involves a young girl named Hope calling you on your phone, begging you to assist her in escaping her confinement. You then begin to hack into the various electronics in the building such as cameras and computers in order to aid Hope’s escape, and help her evade security.


Republique was originally pitched as a high-end game, complete with bells and whistles such as motion capture and voice-acting, developed exclusively for iOS devices. Since then, responding to community feedback, the game has also been confirmed for PC and MAC. It was originally meant to be funded by Kickstarter, but with only 12 days to go, it doesn’t look like Republique will hit its Kickstarter goal.


The game will still be developed, but in a past interview, Payton hinted that, should Republique not meet its Kickstarter goals, the project may have to be developed under an external publisher, and co-developers Camouflaj and Logan, may lose a certain amount of creative control over the project.


Republique is planned for release in 2013.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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