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Featured Developer Andreas Thomsen (Reto.Leto)

Once in a while we feature one of the developers from the team and tell you a bit about who they are and what they are working on. This time it’s Gameplay Programmer Andreas Thomsen aka. Reto.Leto.


What is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story behind it?
Reto.Leto. ‘Leto’ is from back in the days when i lived in a students home. We got a 2mbit connection to share with all the residents, and that attracted some gamers that got us hooked on quake world.

What is your position at Reto-Moto?
I am a programmer working on the action game. That means Animation, Hero code, vehicles, Effects and Physics

For how long have you been working here?
3 years

What games have you worked on?
When I started at IO-Interactive they were just about to release Freedom Fighters. So the first game I was working on was Hitman Blood Money. I was at IO until i joined Reto, and in that period I also worked on Kane & Lynch and Mini Ninjas.

Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
Visual studio. All the core programming is done in C++.

What are your hobbies?
I like to travel, hopefully there will be time for some vacation soon. :)

What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals?
The best thing is all the cool features we get to add when the core game is up and running. All the new game modes like coop vs ai. and long bombing runs with targets in ongoing games, will all interact with the same game world as everyone else is playing in.

What’s the best thing about working at Reto-Moto?
Small focused teams and we have developed our own technology.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on making the gameplay feel more tight. Especially the weapons and effects atm. Upgraded the vehicle physics a few weeks ago and I’m looking forward to test it in the next build. Hopefully we will have time to add some more destruction of the environment soon. :)

What are your favorite games of all time?
Masters of Orion II, Quake World, Unreal Tournament II, Weird Worlds: return to infinite space, Knight’s of the Old Republic, and many more.

What are your favorite movies?
Planet Terror, Aliens, Æon Flux, Fifth Element, and probably a different list another day… :)

  1. FuriousChadFuriousChad02-13-2012

    Good interview, and I do my indie-side programming jobs in Visual Studio as well.

  2. cRo4ti4cRo4ti402-14-2012

    Hey Leto , I love your info inside “what is best on H&G”
    For new Dream options.

    Jeyyyyyy juhuuuuuuu hahaaa great jipiiiiiiii

  3. Comrade_KaizerComrade_Kaizer02-15-2012

    So now that you spilled the beans on Co-op versus A.I. how would this effect the Campaign? I’m not too keen on the prospect but I’m sure you guys have something up your sleeves regarding the implementation.

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