News Archive - Jan to Dec 2015
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2015 Another Brilliant Year!.. Great Face of British Business Winners, BAFTA Cymru Nominee, 17 award nominations, the launch of our first PS4 and Xbox One titles and Exhibition features by Nintendo and Xbox.
What another great year 2015 has turned out to be for our studio! It was a very busy successful year with lots of important milestones achieved. We launched the first ever PS4 and Xbox One title to be developed and published entirely in Wales. That title, Infinity Runner, was also a BAFTA Cymru nominee, in fact our company picked up 17 awards nominations in 2015 including winning the Great Face of British Business Wales for Innovation. Our latest title Soul Axiom also received recognition with nominations from the prestigious Develop and TIGA games industry awards. Add to this Soul Axiom being featured by Xbox on their official stands at GDC San Francisco and Rezzed London as well as Nintendo featuring Soul Axiom on their official stands at Gamescom Cologne and EGX Birmingham. It was great exposure for the Soul Axiom, a huge achievement to be chosen and very flattering for us to be rubbing shoulders with the giants of the games industry. We also had a studio feature in the EDGE magazine which was another great accolade for the team. 2015 also saw our evolution as a publisher continue with the signing of our first third party title Coffin Dodgers. This dark comedic kart racer was created by Milky Tea Studios who we are collaborating with to create the PS4 & Xbox One versions to publish on the Wales Interactive label early 2016. This marks the start of our publishing evolution with our ethos of Indies helping Indies being put into practice as we look for new titles to publish to the console market. Next year is set to be the company’s most ambitious and exciting ever as we look to establish ourselves on the world stage and bring more quality independent games to the video game market. Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year from the Wales Interactive Team!
SOUL AXIOM CHOSEN FOR MICROSOFT GREENSHOOTS
We are delighted to announce that Soul Axiom has been chosen as one of the recipients of Microsoft Greenshoots. Welsh Government and Microsoft have partnered to launch the Greenshoots pilot in Wales and we've beaten off stiff competition to secure one of the awards available. The project was setup up to help game developers with the funding and support they require to make commercially successful games. This is a another great achievement for our company and Greenshoots will help us take Soul Axiom to the next level as well as giving us some great exposure for the title.
WE'RE TEAMING UP WITH MILKY TEA STUDIOS TO BRING KART RACER COFFIN DODGERS TO CONSOLE!
Here's some news we've been 'dying' to tell you! (pun intended) We're happy to announce our partnership with Milky Tea Studios to help publish their dark comedic kart racing game, Coffin Dodgers to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016!
We're extremely excited to be working with the Liverpool based development studio and the team behind the Lloyds TSB advert “For the journey” (think long nosed character animations). It's great to be in a position where we can help other independent studios bring their games to consoles and show the world what the UK indie scene is all about!
Soul Axiom Receives Two TIGA Game Industry Awards Nominations
Soul Axiom has received two nominations in the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2015! It's been shortlisted in the 'Action/Adventure' game category as well as 'Game With A Purpose' category. It's more fantastic recognition for the game and another great boost in the build up to its full PC and Console release.
Great British and Wales Entrepreneur Awards 2015 Multiple Nominations
We are delighted to announce that we've made the shortlists for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015 in the Small Business and Creative Business Categories. To add to this brilliant news we've also been nominated for the Entrepreneur Wales Awards 2015 in the Small Business and Technology Categories. More great recognition and we look forward to the awards nights in London and Cardiff.
Soul Axiom Showcased On The Official Nintendo Stand At EGX 2015
We are delighted that Soul Axiom has once more been showcased by Nintendo, this time on their official stand at the European Game Expo (EGX) in Birmingham. We were literally in the heart of the action again rubbing shoulders with the giants of the games industry. The Nindies area was a constant throng of activity for the four days and we're glad to say Soul Axiom was in constant demand. We really enjoyed demoing the game, meeting old and new fans. It was another succesful event for the team and really spurs us on in the final stages of the games development.
Soul Axiom Featured On The Official Nintendo Stand At Gamescom 2015
Guten Tag! We're proud to finally announce our secret Gamescom news...Soul Axiom being featured on the official Nintendo stand!! It's a real honour to be one of the ten indie games to be showcased on the #Nindies stand at the world's biggest gaming event, Gamescom in Cologne. Its another great achievement for the company and a team ambition realised with our game rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mario Kart, Starfox Zero and Super Mario Maker. It was a hectic show with around 350,000 visitors coming through the doors throughout the event and it was great to see Soul Axiom getting a very positive reception from the public.
Double Back to Back Business Award Nominations!
We're delighted to announce our nomination in the South Wales Business Awards for the second year running in Technological & Innovative Business 2015 category. In addition to this we've also been nominated the second year running in the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2015, this time for the Creative Industries Award. And if that wasn't enough good news, our very own Technical Director, Rich Pring, has made it into the "35 Under 35" top business and professional men in Wales 2015! Its great to receive recognition again in Wales this year for our continued successes and we're looking forward to attending both award nights.
Studio Feature Article in EDGE Magazine!
We've achieved another company ambition by being chosen for a studio feature article in this month's EDGE Magazine! We've got a four page spread in the June edition that covers the journey from a two-man operation making Apps in an attic room to the creation of a state of the art game development studio with a 13 strong team making video games for all the latest nex-gen consoles. It's another great achievement for our studio to be recognised in one of the biggest gaming magazines in the UK and the team a very proud of the feature.
Infinity Runner nominated as BAFTA Cymru Award Finalist 2015
Infinity Runner has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award for Games & Interactive Experience! The team are looking forward to showing off the game in the nominees party in June at the Doctor Who Experience followed by the BAFTA Cymru award ceremony at Cardiff's City Hall.
Infinity Runner is the first PlayStation 4 & Xbox One game to be made entirely in Wales and we're extremely happy to have received recognition for this achievement.
Congratulations also to BBC Cymru Wales Online & Learning/Somethin’ Else and Skyfish Studios on their nominations. We'll see you all at the party!
We are a Develop Award Finalist 2015 for Soul Axiom!
We are a finalist for the second year running in the Develop Awards! Our latest title Soul Axiom has been shortlisted for the 'Use of Narrative' category in the 2015 Awards which we are all thrilled about. This is a huge privilege to be picked alongside some big names in the games industry and its great to receive recognition with this nomination. We are really looking forward to the ceremony in Brighton in July.
Infinity Runner Launches on Playstation 4 and Xbox One
Infinity Runner is officially out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One!
It's the first game to be made entirely in Wales on both next-gen platforms and is another huge step for our company. We've had great support from both Sony and Microsoft who have featured the game on the front of their store.
This, our first PS4 and Xbox One release, marks our step up to the next generation console market and sees our studio's growth and success continue.
Soul Axiom Showcased On The Xbox One Stand And Indie Area At EGX Rezzed 2015 At The Tobacco Dock London
Following on from a successful week in GDC San Francisco we had the great news that Xbox had also invited us to exhibit on their stand at the Rezzed event at the London Tobacco Dock. It was another great opportunity to showcase the game and we even did an hour live stream and interview on the Xbox Channel. Add to that our stand in the popular Indie Area, which was a throng of activity for the 3 days, it turned out to be another positive event for us.
We were also invited by UKIE to be involved in the VIP investor 121s at Rezzed in the BAFTA area. We were one of a handful of UK companies chosen to meet up with a series of investors from the US. It was great to be involved and it has led to some interesting opportunities for of our future titles.
Soul Axiom Chosen To Be Featured In The Xbox One Showcase Area At
GDC San Francisco 2015
We can finally reveal that Soul Axiom has been picked by Microsoft to be featured on the Xbox One Showcase area at GDC San Francisco! We are really honoured to be chosen, especially knowing we were the only UK indie games developer to be featured in this area and it really is another big achievement for our studio. Dai and Rich manned the stand all week and the game received a lot of attention from the press and public alike. We’ve had some really flattering previews off the back of exhibiting on the Xbox One stand including:
Destructoid - “Soul Axiom is a compelling cyber-thriller, with a beautiful visual style that matches its high-concept premise”.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - "It really is beautiful, nailing a Tron-like neon cyberspace feel … It’s atmospherically creepy without relying on dripping meathooks or lunging monsters”.
IGN - "Soul Axiom is a first-person puzzler that rides the lighting, its an enjoyably slick addition to the so-called "walking simulator" genre".
Hardcore Gamer - "Keep an eye on Soul Axiom, as it’s shaping up to be an awe-inspiring and compelling journey with shades of TRON and Bioshock".
Soul Axiom going to GDC San Francisco & EGX Rezzed London
We have a busy schedule in March coming up as we are exhibiting our latest title Soul Axiom at GDC San Francisco (2nd - 6th March) and EGX Rezzed in London (12th - 14th March). We have lots of important meetings lined-up in both events and some great news linked to GDC in particluar that we can't officially announce yet...but it's brilliant achievement for the studio!
Soul Axiom Announced in the Lineup For EGX REZZED 2015
It's been confirmed...We are going to EGX Rezzed 2015 to exhibit Soul Axiom! This year, the indie games event takes place at Tobacco Dock, London between 12-14 March and we want you to join us! You'll get the chance to demo and meet the team behind the sci-fi adventure game, Soul Axiom, and you'll also get a chance to play exclusive unseen content from the latest chapters of the game.
This is an amazing event to catch all the latest indie games so if you want to check it out then tickets can be bought via this link - REZZED TICKETS
Winners of Wales’ GREAT Face of British Business for Most Innovative Small Business!
We’ve been chosen as the Winners of Wales’ GREAT Face of British Business in the Most Innovative Small Business Category! We are honoured to be deemed one of the standout inspirational regional companies’ this year, especially given the strength of innovative SMEs’ in Wales and throughout the UK. We now need your votes to help us on our way to being crowned the national winner.
If we’re picked as the lucky winner of the national competition, we will receive an exclusive prize package worth £30,000, including the chance to star in a nationwide advertising campaign. Please support us to win by clicking the vote button and going to the "Most Innovative Small Business" tab. Voting closes 27th Feb, Winner announced 3rd March.
New Official Soul Axiom Early Access Trailer Released!
Since its early access release on Steam two months ago we've been really pleased with Soul Axiom's reception from its growing community worldwide. The game has been described by reviewers as a "Compelling journey with shades of TRON and Bioshock" and "The atmosphere, the graphics, the music are simply addictive, amazing and so beautiful". To showcase the first few chapters of the game we've created a brand new trailer which we'll be using to promote the game at all the events we'll be exhibiting at over the next few months.