On leaving the studio system behind and going independent
Following Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, which Barlow wrote and designed, Climax Studios worked on an entry in the Legacy Of Kain series for three years before publisher Square Enix pulled the plug. Barlow doesn’t mention the title – an NDA forbids him from doing so – but he suggests the studio was “trying to do interesting things with it”. Frustrated by the inertia of the industry, Barlow realised, “it was increasingly difficult for me not to go independent”. Still, his departure from Climax did have a silver lining: Viva Seifert, whom Barlow had cast in the cancelled game, plays the lead in Her Story.