Star Wars Chap J.J. Abrams & ChAIR Are Up To Spyjinx

Your man J.J. Abrams, him behind the new Star Wars and Star Trek and Star Lost and Star Alias, is sauntering into video games with a game not about Stars at all. He and his production company Bad Robot are working with Infinity Blade and Shadow Complex devs ChAIR on Spyjinx [official site], a game clearly about espionage. They’re a bit vague about what else it is, and are showing nothing of it right now, but I’m up for spy antics from this pairing.

ChAIR’s Donald Mustard (left) and Abrams (right) explain the sum of what we know in this here video:

“Spyjinx is a unique blend between an action-strategy game mixed with really dynamic world-building with a healthy dose of RPG character development,” says Mustard. Abrams, meanwhile, says “it really will need to be experienced and then it will be defined by what it is as opposed to necessarily saying ‘It’s just like that one!’ or ‘it’s exactly like that!’ It’s not quite like anything.”

It’s a video game, then. From the rest of their chat and the few details and filenames on their site, I’ll broadly guess it’ll throw you a bunch of tools to tackle problems as you see fit, allowing for creative and emergent solutions to spy-problems. I’m guessing.

Spyjinx is coming in 2016 to pocket telephones as well as PC, but that shouldn’t be too off-putting; ChAIR’s Infinity Blade lives on pocks and is still an all-fighting, all-shining Unreal Engine affair. A beta’s coming, for which you can sign up over here.

[Editor’s footnote: Spyjinx is officially stylised SPYJINX, but that’s ridiculous and I won’t allow that. How come I’ll use the ’90s AOL capitalisation of ChAIR? Because the world should see what they’ve done, and should know their shame.]

13 Comments

  1. iainl says:

    If this is Shadow Complex 2, with the right-wing-nut-job authorial input replaced with relentless twists and lensflares then I’m happy.

  2. Kollega says:

    No affectionate, lighthearted James Bond spoofing, no sale. The game’s title and character silhouettes have me cautiously optimistic, though.

  3. AbyssUK says:

    If this is Archer the computer game, sign me up.. otherwise please try harder.

  4. Turkey says:

    Guessing it’s a multiplayer thing since they keep talking about a beta.

    • LexW1 says:

      Sounds like it.

      Give the “SPYJINX is a unique mix of action strategy gameplay, dynamic world building and RPG character development” and the fact that it runs on mobiles as well as PC, I’m guessing we’re talking one of those “things happen whilst you’re not playing” strategy games for mobile, only spy-themed rather than about building a cute little settlement and populating it with cute little warriors. Maybe you build a cute little spy agency and populate it with cute little spies instead.

      I will honestly be pretty shocked if it isn’t, on some level “Clash of the Clans but with spies and a plot*”.

      * = Plot will exist primarily to facilitate introducing new microtransactions and the like.

  5. Pilchardo says:

    Does anyone else keep thinking they’ve accidentally highlighted that first image?

  6. DanMan says:

    J.J. Abrams, him behind the new Star Wars and Star Trek and Star Lost and Star Alias.

    Oh come on… You just made those up, didn’t ya? You treacherous, little…

    • Bugamn says:

      He just added Star to some movies that Jar Jar Abrams never touched, such as Trek.

  7. thedosbox says:

    I hope they work in a Sydney Bristow reference.

  8. Dances to Podcasts says:

    In the still on that video I can imagine him say ‘Aliens’.

  9. ebyronnelson says:

    Starlost? “Earthship ARK, humanity’s greatest and final achievement, out of control, drifting through deep space over 800 years into the far future, its passengers, descendants of the last survivors of the dead planet Earth, locked in separate worlds, their destination long forgotten, heading for destruction, unless three young people can save … The Starlost!”

  10. El Mariachi says:

    DONALD MUSTARD.

    That is all.