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.

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