Hey everyone, I’m John Garvin, Creative Director at Bend Studio. I wanted to give everyone a heads-up that Greg Rucka is going to be at the Penny Arcade Expo this coming weekend in Seattle, signing promotional materials for Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow.
This guy is awesome. I’ve been writing Syphon for 10 years now, and I’m not saying I’m getting burned out or anything like that, but 10 years is a long time to write for a franchise. I was looking for a way to bring some fresh perspectives to the series. Connie Booth, our director of product development, has been a fan of the espionage genre for years and had read Greg’s stuff, including two series of novels he wrote called Queen and Country and Atticus Kodiak. She had worked with Greg once before on another project, so she hooked us up. Greg writes in a realistic, gritty style and his stuff is authentic and well researched – he was perfect for Syphon. I had come up with the title a couple of years before when we were working on a PSP prototype. Greg liked the title and we started kicking ideas around for what the “shadow” might be. And boom, there it was (mild SPOILER!): Lian Xing, Gabe’s long-time partner, has a past that’s catching up with her and suddenly she disappears. Evidence piles up that she’s a double agent. I can’t say too much more without giving the plot away, but Greg’s brought a lot to the Syphon experience. You can read more about our collaboration here.
Anyway, Greg will be at the Playstation booth on both Saturday & Sunday, from 11:00am-12:30pm and again from 2:00pm-3:30pm, so stop by and say hello.