News Archive - Jan to Dec 2016
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2016, Another Magnificent Year! South Wales Business Of The Year, BAFTA Cymru Nominee, 18 award nominations, Our Evolution Into An Indie Publishing Label, 4 Multi-platform Games Released and Exhibition Features at PAX Seattle, Gamescom Cologne & GDC San Francisco.
It’s been another very successful 12 months for our studio! As well as continuing to create our own titles we have evolved into an Indie Game Publishing Label collaborating with some of the most talented indie games developers across the globe to help bring their original creations to new platforms. This has meant our most prolific year to date with 4 award-winning titles across multiple platforms such as PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. These include critically acclaimed titles such as FMV horror The Bunker, co-developed by Splendy Games, the comedic kart racer Coffin Dodgers, developed by Milky Tea and the sci-fi adventure puzzler Soul Axiom and VR horror demo, Don’t Knock Twice, both from our in-house studio. These titles have achieved a total of 15 accolades including nominations for a BAFTA Cymru Games Award, multiple TIGA Games Industry Awards including Most Original Game, Best Audio and Game of the Year 2016 and a Game Connection America award nomination for Best Console/PC Hardcore as well as the People’s Choice Award 2016. Furthermore as a studio we have won 9 other accolades this year including South Wales Business of the Year, a finalist in Develop Awards for Best Micro Studio, our Technical Director winning University of South Wales Graduate of the Decade & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and our PR Manager featuring in the MCV 30 Under 30. We’ve also done quite a bit of travelling again this year with our titles being featured at the major gaming events all over the world including GDC San Francisco, Rezzed London, Gamescom Cologne, EGX Birmingham and PAX Seattle. Additionally our sales have grown again and with our evolution into an Indie Publishing label 2016 has seen our most successful sales year to date. We reached our millionth download of our collective portfolio this year which is a huge achievement for our studio. 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 original high quality independent games to the video game market. Here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year from the Wales Interactive Team!
DON'T KNOCK TWICE VR HORROR GAME ANNOUNCED AND VR DEMO LAUNCHED!
We can finally reveal our latest title in development, the VR horror game "Don't Knock Twice". The game is being developed alongside the upcoming horror film, Don’t Knock Twice, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and directed by Caradog James (The Machine). In partnership with Red and Black Films and Ffilm Cymru Wales.
The game will launch early next year on Steam (PC & Mac), PS4, Xbox One and will support the three leading VR headsets (HTC Vive, Oculus & Playstation VR) and we look forward to giving horror enthusiasts a scare they’ll never forget! To celebrate the announcement we have released a free VR demo for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift which you can download now on Steam.
SOUL AXIOM, COFFIN DODGERS AND THE BUNKER ALL NOMINATED FOR THE TIGA GAMES INDUSTRY AWARDS 2016!
Soul Axiom, Coffin Dodgers and The Bunker all nominated for TIGA Games Industry Awards 2016! Congrats to our development partners Milky Tea (Coffin Dodgers) and Splendy Games (The Bunker) and we look forward to celebrating this achievement with them both at the awards night in November. Soul Axiom was nominated for Best Puzzle Game, Coffin Dodgers for Best Racing Game and The Bunker for Most Original Game & Best Audio. All three titles also we're nominated for TIGA Game of Year.
WINNERS OF THE BRIDGEND FORUM CREATIVE INDUSTRIES AWARD 2016, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES GRADUATE OF THE DECADE & MCV 30 UNDER 30 2016!
We are proud to announce that we have won the Bridgend Forum Creative Industries Award 2016. To add to this great achievement Rich our company co-founder also won Graduate of The Last Decade at the University of South Wales Alumni Awards! And as if that wasn’t enough our marketing supremo Ben Tester has made it into the exclusive MCV 30 under 30 list which recognizes the most talented twenty somethings in the games industry this year! It really has been another great week for Awards at Wales Interactive and we are grateful and humbled by the continued recognition of the studio's collective and individual achievements!
THE BUNKER GETS ITS FULL MULTI-PLATFORM LAUNCH!
The Bunker is out on PS4, Xbox One, PC & Mac! It’s been a pleasure working with the creators Splendy Games and our publishing partner Green Man Gaming to get this unique title to its full multi-platform launch and I hope people enjoy playing it as much as we have loved developing it.
WINNERS OF THE SOUTH WALES BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016 & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2016!
We are proud to announce that we are winners of the coveted South Wales Business of the Year 2016, the second time we've received this accolade in the past 3 years! And as if that wasn’t enough Rich our company co-founder and Technical Director also scooped the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 at the same awards ceremony!! It’s really flattering to receive this recognition from our local business community, especially knowing how many talented entrepreneurs and successful businesses there are throughout South Wales.
THE BUNKER & KNEE DEEP CHOSEN TO BE SHOWCASED AT EXCLUSIVE XBOX ID PRE-PAX EVENT AT MICROSOFT HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON
We're proud to finally be able announce our secret news...our latest collaborative console titles, The Bunker (Splendy) and Knee Deep (Prologue Games) have both been chosen by Xbox to be showcased at their exclusive Pre-PAX event at the Microsoft headquaters in Redmond, Washington! It's a big achievement to have two games featured and we look forward to jetting off to Seattle later this month for the Pre PAX and PAX West indie gaming events. Hopefully we'll be not so sleepless in Seattle!
WE'RE TEAMING UP WITH PROLOGUE GAMES TO BRING KNEE DEEP, THE SWAMP NOIRE CRIME ADVENTURE, TO CONSOLE!
We are delighted to announce our American/Wales partnership with Prologue Games to help publish their fantastic crime adventure game, Knee Deep, to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year!
We're extremely excited to be working with the talented American
development studio, based in North Carolina, who we first met at Rezzed 2015 when they were promoting their game on a neighbouring stand. It's great to find liked minded indies to collaborative with and great to be in the continued position where we can help other independent studios bring their games to console market.
TRIPLE BACK TO BACK BUSINESS AWARD NOMINATIONS!
We're delighted to announce our nomination in the South Wales Business Awards for the third year running in Technological & Innovative Business 2016 category. Also our very own Technical Director, Rich Pring, has been nominated as South Wales Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the same ceremony! In addition to this good news we've also just found out we've been nominated for the third year running in the Bridgend Business Forum Awards 2016!, this time for the Creative Industries Award. Its really flattering to receive all this recognition again in Wales this year for our continued successes and we're looking forward to attending both award nights.
SOUL AXIOM LAUNCHES ON PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE!
Soul Axiom gets its worldwide release on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The game has been two years in the making and its great to see it finally making it to the console market. In that time its been featured at gaming events all over the world by the likes of Xbox One, Playstation and Nintendo. Its also received 6 award nominations including Game Connection America Best Console Game and BAFTA Cymru Best Game. Its a great achievement for our studio and the team are really proud....but there's no time to rest because we've got the Wii U version to finish!
SOUL AXIOM NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA CYMRU BEST GAME AWARD!
We've just found out that Soul Axiom has been nominated for Best Game in the BAFTA Cymru Games Award 2016! Its more great recognition for the game and the fourth year running our studio has been nominated. Goodluck to all the other nominees and we are looking forward to the award ceremony in June.
WE ARE A DEVELOP FINALIST FOR THE THIRD YEAR RUNNING!
Fantastic news, we’ve been chosen as one of the finalists in the Develop Awards 2016 for Best Micro Studio. It’s really flattering to receive recognition again this year and we're really looking forward to the trip to sunny Brighton for the Awards ceremony in July!
COFFIN DODGERS LAUNCHES ON PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE!
We are proud to announce the release of Milky Tea Studios dark comedic kart racer, Coffin Dodgers, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is our first collaborative title as the console developer & publisher and its been a pleasure to work with the Milky Tea team and help them achieve their ambition of getting their title to the console market.
THE BUNKER LIVE ACTION PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR GAME TEASER TRAILER REVEALED
We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the talented guys at Splendy Games on their live action psychological horror video game "The Bunker". This is a co-production where we will bring our games dev knowhow and multi-platform development expertise to compliment the writing and film making skills of the Splendy Games team. We are also one of the publishing partners alongside Green Man Gaming and Channel 4 which is a huge privilege for us and we look forward to working together to release the finished game later this year. Check out a sneak peak of the game in the latest teaser trailer.
COFFIN DODGERS SHOWCASED ON THE XBOX ONE STAND AT
GDC SAN FRANCISCO
We can finally announce that Coffin Dodgers is being featured on the Xbox One Lobby Bar at the GDC in San Francisco! Its a great achievement being one of a handful of games chosen to be showcased at the event. Our very own Dai & Rich and Jon & Kev from Milky Tea Studios are there to show off the latest dark comedic kart racer as well as confuse the general public with their Scouse-Welsh gags. This is the first collaborative title that we'll be bringing to console and its great to see it receiving international recognition as well as being supported by the likes of Microsoft at this huge gaming event.
SOUL AXIOM NOMINATED FOR "BEST CONSOLE/PC HARDCORE" IN THE GAME CONNECTION AWARDS AMERICA!
We've just received the brilliant news that Soul Axiom has been nominated for “Best Console/PC Hardcore” in the 2016 Game Connection America Awards! We are just one of two games representing the UK to be recognized in this international award ceremony being held in San Francisco next month. There was a total of 170 games considered across 12 categories which will be battle out in the awards on March 14th. The game hasn't even reached the full launch and we've already achieved 4 major nominations with 95% positive reviews on Steam. This is great timing for the Full PC launch on 29th February followed by the console launch in Q2 2016! Huge thanks to the Game Connection jury and we are really looking forward to flying the flag for Wales in San Fran.
SOUL AXIOM CONTENT COMPLETE, INFINITY RUNNER GETS ITS JAPAN RELEASE AND CARDIFF BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINATION