Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck has launched a new game studio called Eyes Out with Spec Ops: The Line creative director and designer Cory Davis. The LA-based studio will “tap into a shared love of games and building atmosphere through the imaginative use of audio and visuals.” It’s currently working on its first project, a single-player immersive cosmic horror game with a focus on environmental storytelling.

Davis was creative director and designer on 2012’s acclaimed Spec Ops: The Line game. He was also instrumental in such horror games while at Monolith Productions. Davis then went on to be a founding member of Tangent Games in 2014 in order to help create the horror game ‘Here They Lie‘, which is where he came into contact with Finck.

Finck isn’t new to the gaming cache, having scored titles like No Code’s ‘Observation‘ and Devolver Digital’s ‘NOCT’.


In a press release, Davis talked about how the two met;

“When I was finishing up work on Here They Lie, Robin wandered into our studio and I felt a very strong connection to his open, creative view of existence, and the power of music. We instantly started working on some prototypes I had in development at the time and together we launched straight toward something unexpected. Robin’s vibrant and boundless approach to the creative process drives our work far beyond my previous experience. It’s such an exhilarating trip to venture into the darkness together.”

Finck say the ideas with Davis were mutual;

“Cory is a true and impassioned artist. He’s a visionary leader who draws the highest and best from each person on the team, no matter their position. He’s capable and dedicated and he’s open to forces unspeakable. He’s rare. Weird, even. We connected about films and games and music and all the minutia and it was a really positive charge colliding with him. We have a simpatico work ethic and drive, and we see each other soul to soul. Our play together is inspired.”

Nine Inch Nails has no shortage of composers and creatives, most notably Trent Reznor, who has received numerous accolades for both his cinematic work and gaming underscores, starting with ‘Quake‘ back in the mid-90s.