What is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals and what’s the story behind it?
Reto.Placebo – First of all my real life first name is contained in the gamertag, and besides that it’s funny having a handle which derives its meaning from a substance which is not all it seems to be.
What is your position at Reto-Moto?
Code connoisseur or programming artiste.
For how long have you been working here?
Since February 2011.
What games have you worked on?
Hitman, Hitman 2 – Silent Assassin, Hitman Contracts, Hitman Bloodmoney, Hitman Absolution, Mini Ninjas.
Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
As a programmer – living in a world of text – I almost exclusively use Visual Studio for whatever I am doing. The tools I don’t have already for making the game I have to make myself.
What are your hobbies?
Martial arts and fitness – although not exactly a martial art I have trained Krav Maga for a couple of years and been boxing to keep the body in shape. Furthermore I have recently been introduced to sea-kayaking which I will dedicate some hours to and try to master.
What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
The idea about involving gamers to shape the game.
What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
Working with old colleagues which I worked with several years on the Hitman games.
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I am working on the part of the game that involves the strategy – being able to move armies around the map, attacking cities, attacking supply lines into cities, etc.
What are your favourite games of all time?
Hard to decide but the game that I remember having the most impact and touched me most was Final Fantasy VII. The game I have played the most is undoubtedly World of Warcraft having played it from launch, although I stopped playing it when I reached the goal of level 850 (10 classes at max level) – I will curse the day when blizzard raises the level cap and I will have to return to the game.
What are your favourite movies?
If I were to put on one of the movies from my collection I would be inclined to put on movies like the Bourne Trilogy, Stardust or Blades of Glory. My singlemost favorite movie would probably be The Shawshank Redemption. Oddly enough the movie I have seen the most times is Joe Versus the Vulcano from 1990 with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.