20 recipients selected to receive funding from the NSW Digital Media Iniative have been announced. The initiative itself was announced in December, last year, with the NSW Government pledging $1.5 million every year for three years (a total of $4.5 million) to support commercial digital content projects with the aim of distribution via internet, wireless, mobile, or any other emerging platforms or devices.
The list of projects given the green light is a healthy mix of digital titles, ranging from serious educational and medical applications, to social, interactive and mult-media apps, as well as a wide variety of game apps. These include Web games, augmented reality games, and even an MMORPG(!). A handful of the announced game titles are from developers perhaps more well-known to the local games industry, so we've listed them below. Congratulations to all recipients, and we're hoping to see some great stuff!
Mobile Game apps - Dinoroar Interactive will develop a series of mobile games applications for platforms including Apple and Android smartphone and tablets, with possible expansion to Symbian and others.
DigiZen – A 3D action-puzzler PC game by VagabondArmy where the player, a DigiZen hacker, is infected with a digital parasite which they must cure in a race against the clock.
Frozen Hearth - The first chapter of a trilogy of real time strategy games by Epiphany Games to be released onto a multiplayer digital download site in 2012.
Terminus (Uppercut Games) - the first in a series of AAA quality action games for mobile devices and later Xbox 360, to be produced by Queanbeyan start-up company Uppercut Games.
Plunder (Uppercut Games) - AAA quality single player real-time strategy game allowing the player to order an array of iconic characters to navigate ancient ruins, gather gold and fight off a rival team of adventurers.
Uppercut Games consist of ex-Irrational Games Canberra developers, Ed Orman and Andrew James. The titles they've been involved with include Freedom Force, Tribes: Vengeance, Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and XCOM.