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Hinterland Studio Inc. is an independent game studio headquartered in downtown Vancouver.

Established in 2012 by Raphael van Lierop, Hinterland is a multi-national, multi-ethnic team united around a single goal: to create thought-provoking, story-rich entertainment experiences. Our original fictional settings are conceived from the ground up to exist across multiple mediums and game platforms.


The studio was founded by Raphael van Lierop, who previously directed Relic's Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and worked on other games such as Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, and Far Cry 3.[1] In 2012, van Lierop started Hinterland Studio and recruited veteran AAA game developers including Alan Lawrance of Volition Inc, Hokoyo Lim, art director for League of Legends, David Chan, audio designer at BioWare, and Marianna Krawczyk, lead writer of the God of War series.[2] Since then, the team has grown to include over 25 members.[3] In August 2016, it was announced that Hinterland would be moving to its new headquarters on Dunsmuir Avenue in Cumberland.[4] Currently, the only physical studio is located in downtown Vancouver at the former MacMillan Bloedel Building.[5][6] In September of 2018, Hinterland hired six new employees, the most significant growth in team size since the studio's foundation. This was in part due to Hinterland hiring former employees of Capcom Vancouver, which went defunct that month. Hinterland also purchased motion-capture equipment from Capcom.[7]


Hinterland utilizes a distributed model, in which employees may work from locations other than the main studio. About half of the employees work at the main studio in downtown Vancouver, while the other half is distributed throughout North America.[8] The team utilizes electronic communications and project management applications such as Slack, Skype, and Basecamp, and supplements these with occasional in-person meetings.[9]


Title System Release date
The Long Dark Windows
Xbox One

PlayStation 4

Nintendo Switch

Full Release: 1 Aug 2017
Early Access: 22 Sept 2014


External links[]


  1. Alexander, L. (2013, September 17). Inspiration in isolation: The Long Dark takes on a different kind of survival fiction. Gamasutra. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. Sinclair, B. (2013, September 9). AAA devs form Hinterland. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. Mergent Intellect. (2017, July). 20-364-2843 HINTERLAND STUDIO INC: Company Overview. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. (2016, October 18). Movers and Shakers. Business Examiner Vancouver Island (August 2016 issue), 35. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. (2017, July 19). HINTERLAND STUDIO INC. Worldbase. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  6. MacMillan Bloedel Building. Canada's Historic Places. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  7. Van Lierop, R. (2018, November 7). Dev Diary November 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  8. Van Lierop, R. (2018, July 20). Milton Mailbag--Dispatch #5. Hinterland Forums. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  9. Nowak, P. (2015, September 22). How Hinterland hires a workforce spread around North America. Canadian Business. Retrieved February 19, 2018.