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Featured Developer Henning Semler (Reto.Hal9k)

Each week we’ll feature one of the developers from the team and tell you a bit about who they are and what they are working on.


First of all, what is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals and what’s the story behind it?
Reto.Hal9k, taken from the computer HAL 9000 from movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

What is your position at Reto-Moto?
I’m a programmer mainly focusing on our rendering pipeline, but I also maintain our Build and Deploy system for our server setup.

For how long have you been working here?
I’ve been working since we founded the company back in August 2007.

What games have you worked on?
Prior to working here I was working for IO Interactive, where I worked on the games: Hitman, Hitman 2, Hitman 4, Freedom Fighters, Kane & Lynch and Hitman 5.

Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
As I’m a programmer I’m using Visual Studio (2008 mostly), Notepad++, and for debugging of the rendering pipeline I use PIX, Nvidia NSight, Nvidia PerfHud and AMD GPU PerfStudio.

What are your hobbies?
Programming, researching rendering stuff and playing games.

What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
The game is not finished when we launch, so we can continue enhancing and tweaking it based on the feedback from the community, in order to make the best possible game. This is somewhat different from before where I worked on Boxed Games where you got the feedback after you were done with the game.

What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
That we are a small team all working towards the same goal.

What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on volumetric clouds as we would like to have dog fights in the air and need to be able to hide within clouds.

What are your favourite games of all time?
That is really hard. I’ve played many games over the years and there are many I liked when I played them although they probably are quite outdated now. But to pick a few over the years I remember enjoying: Castle Wolfenstein (My first experience with a 3D game), System Shock (for being something other than mindless shooting), MUD (my first experience with RPG with other players), Might & Magic IV: Clouds of Xeen (My first single player RPG), Half-Life and Half-Life 2 (for being such a complete FPS experience), Prey, Heroes of Might & Magic II and III, The Elder Scrolls Saga, Baldurs Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age and many more…

What are your favourite movies?
I do like the Cohen brothers for their twisted view on human destinies, many of the Pixar movies for their faith in the good in people, Ridley Scott for some of the best SciFi movies I watched when I was younger, a lot of the Asian movies from Kitano, Johnny To and Takeshi Miike, to Studio Ghibli for their exceptional beauty Anime movies – just to name a few..

What are you waiting for soldier? We need heroes on the battlefield and generals to lead them!