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J.J. Abrams delving into video game development

J.J. Abrams is perhaps the most famous director in the world right now amid the Star Wars: The Force Awakens release, but he wants to expand into the video game industry developing a new PC and mobile game that he and his partner Donald Mustard are calling “SpyJinx.”

He has already teamed up with Chair Entertainment (child company of Epic Games) — creator of Shadow Complex and Infinity Blade — in making the game on PC and mobile devices. The exact nature of the game is still being worked out, but after his latest interview with his own TV production company, Bad Robot, Abrams hinted at what they’re shooting for.

“Spyjinx is a unique blend between an action-strategy game mixed with really dynamic world building — with a healthy does of RPG character development.” – Donald Mustard ChAIR Entertainment co-founder

While some may be expecting a full on mobile game like all the others — don’t get ahead of yourself just yet. It’s possible this title could be a bit more with both Abrams and Mustard promoting a quality story/narrative. Mustard also mentioned his hopes that it expands to “eventually, hopefully, everywhere that you enjoy games.”

A beta sign-up is already available on SpyJinx’s official website. The beta is expected to be a key aspect of the development to find out exactly what fans want.

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ARK: Survival Evolved the first of many games to receive a custom Unreal Engine 4 mod editor

ARK: Survival Evolved has already received massive acclaim and commercial success, selling over 1 million copies after 30 days of being on Steam Early Access. To continue that trend, developers of the game, Studio Wildcard, will be collaborating with Epic Games to showcase the tools and development resources that are accessible to the ARK modding community with the first custom mod editor using the Unreal Engine 4.

“As we’ve opened up the world of ARK to everyone, we’ve been seriously on the edge of our seats with anticipation. The amazing gameplay ideas lighting up the forum conversations can be turned into reality right away,” – Jesse Rapczak

Rapczak, Studio Wildcard’s co-founder and co-creative director has praised the type of tools offered through Unreal Engine 4 and he is excited by the prospect of “the limitless creativity of fans.”

Studio Wildcard and EPIC Games will broadcast their walkthrough of the modding process at on Thursday, July 9 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST


Players who have purchased ARK can immediately begin modding. Use the ARK Mod Tutorial to begin modding and join the Unreal Engine ARK Modding forum. Modders can also share their work via the Steam Workshop.

Unreal has claimed the modding scene and is now “an incredibly influential force of the game industry.” It’s impact on a game can take it to greater heights than what the developers may have initially shot for. This same mantra will be true with ARK: Survival Evolved.