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Brisbane Game Development Taking Off

Posted by souri on Sat, 11/09/04 - 2:14 AM

Does anyone else feel that Brisbane Game development is *really* taking off at the moment?

It seems like Sumea is geting a barrage of Brisbane related news, with a lot of the studios there are expanding and taking on more people (THQ Studio Australia, Krome, Pandemic etc).. They're also quite productive, with titles done/nearing done like Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies, Full Spectrum Warrior, Rome: Total War, King Arthur, Ty2 etc...

The Brisbane chapter of the IGDA has been set up and going well, and Qantm has been doing some work on organising speakers and scholarships on the educational front. Seems like Brisbane is overtaking Melbourne as the new epicentre of game development in Australia!

Submitted by X5 on Sat, 11/09/04 - 4:13 AM Permalink

well i hope so ... im from brisbane

there is a brisbane chapter?... where can i get info

Submitted by Zaph on Sat, 11/09/04 - 7:42 AM Permalink

quote:Originally posted by Souri
Does anyone else feel that Brisbane Game development is *really* taking off at the moment?

It does appear that way... although it could just be that they are noisier and the Melbournians are too busy working [:D]

Submitted by souri on Sun, 12/09/04 - 2:17 AM Permalink

Yep, that too! [:)]

Submitted by Blitz on Tue, 14/09/04 - 2:53 AM Permalink

Full Spectrum Warrior was partly developed by the aussie studio. Did the aussie studio do any work on star wars battlefront?
Although, a small technicality, iirc most of these studios operate out of the gold coast, as opposed to Brisbane itself. But yes, QLD development certainly has a head of steam, maybe still not quite as much support from the government as Vic though.
Perhaps though it is somewhat of a small pity that (as far as i'm aware) only one of those companies is not owned by/part of an overseas company, that being Krome.
CYer, Blitz

Submitted by redwyre on Fri, 17/09/04 - 6:04 AM Permalink

The Australian office of Pandemic Studios does their own seperate work. Which at the moment is Destroy All Humans! And Brisbane rocks for game dev!

Submitted by souri on Tue, 21/09/04 - 1:26 PM Permalink

I just saw the Destroy All Humans! E3 2004 trailer. That game is looking fantastic! Very polished title, and the game itself looks like a lot of fun as well.

Submitted by MrPenguin on Thu, 23/09/04 - 7:00 AM Permalink

I went to a Krome conference in the city 2 months or so back, and was impressed to hear about how much their team had been gorwing in the last few years, and how much the scene in Brissy is escelating. King Arthur looked good, and TY 2 looked, well, alright. Ish.

We also got told that the top 3% of students finishing a course MIGHT if they are lucky MAYBE land a job in the games industry. Thats not in brisbane with Krome, thats with anyone anywhere.

Also heard that a develpoers conference will be held at QUT next year, but thats just off the grapevine.

Hope it takes off a whole lot more between now and when I finish my course ;).

Submitted by Jacana on Thu, 23/09/04 - 7:12 PM Permalink

quote:Originally posted by Blitz
Although, a small technicality, iirc most of these studios operate out of the gold coast, as opposed to Brisbane itself.

Pretty much all of the major developers in Brisbane are about a 15 minute walk to the city center.

Maybe you mean Gold Coast for the smaller companies?

Submitted by Malus on Thu, 23/09/04 - 7:41 PM Permalink

Blitz: Jacanas right, all the major companies like Krome, THQ, Creative Assembly, Pandemic and Auran are in the Brisbane CBD or Fortitude Valley, most of them are in the Valley.

Submitted by unknownuser2 on Fri, 24/09/04 - 12:41 AM Permalink

We are probably moving to the Gold Coast [:D] ( Benowa Waters area )

Submitted by Blitz on Sat, 25/09/04 - 1:27 AM Permalink

Ahh, my mistake. I was under the impression most of those companies operated near the gold coast, shows how good my geographical skills are :) (I thought fortitude valley was near the gold coast :P).
CYer, Blitz

Submitted by Leviron on Fri, 01/10/04 - 7:51 PM Permalink

Qantm sure is producing a lot of students.

This year's end of year exhibition will be great.
Look out for your Slipstream invites.

Submitted by souri on Tue, 05/10/04 - 4:24 PM Permalink

I've never been to Brisbane. Maybe the AGDC can be held there for one year. (Melbourne has the AGDC for another 3 years [:D])

Submitted by Red 5 on Tue, 05/10/04 - 11:08 PM Permalink

It'd be nice if the AGDC was held in Brisbane... (or even a little further north on the Sunshine Coast :)) I don't have the numbers, but I would think that the number of people employed in game dev in Queensland would be similar to Victoria... a heck of a lot of Victorian's have migrated north.

Submitted by sprayNwipe on Tue, 19/10/04 - 3:28 AM Permalink

Last time I checked, the Victorian Government had made various deals to secure the AGDC in Melbourne for the forseeable future.