Screen Australia have announced the recipients of their new All Media Program with a handful of local games developers making the list. $3-5 million program was launched earlier this year to encourage interactive or multiplatform, innovative storytelling.
The games developers included in the twelve selected to receive funding for their projects are very capable and experienced developers who, when combined, come from a range of notable studios including Pandemic Studios, Irrational Games, Infinite Interactive, Torus, and more. For Melbourne-based independent games developer, Brawsome, the funding means a great deal on the level of polish for their current title in the works, MacGuffin's Curse...
"It means we get a little more time to work on it. Particularly taking some time to polish the game rather than just frantically rushing to fix bugs and ship it. As usual we're doing all we can to make the funding go the distance (read: working for as little as possible), so the release date for MacGuffin's Curse will be moved to post-GDC 2012."
The games developers and their projects to look out for are:
Puzzle game for computer and handheld devices
Producer Andrew Goulding
Check Credits Andrew Goulding, Ben Kosima
Synopsis MacGuffin’s Curse puts you in the shoes ofmagician-come-thief Lucas MacGuffin who swipes a mysterious amulet in a bungled heist, which not only triggers the troubled city of Feyre into automated lockdown, but also curses him with the power to save it from corruption.
Developer: Defiant Development
Action-role playing game for touch screen devices
Producer Morgan Jaffit
Synopsis Quick Quest sends players on task-driven fantasy-themed quests through a ‘rune-gate’ in order to face the challenges that lie there, with each mission influencing the wider narrative context of the political machinations of the town of Tyr.
Developer: Iron Helmet
Online strategy game
Producer Jay Kyburz
Synopsis Players take on the role of leaders of their star system in an unstable galaxy where no one is to be trusted. While fleets manoeuvre for position, the real battle is fought at the negotiating table. What promises will you make, and will you keep them? Are you the hero in this story, or the villain?
Developer: Vishus Productions
Online game and short animation series
Producer Luke Jurevicius
Writer/Directors Luke Jurevicius, Nathan Jurevicius
Game Developer Fiasco
Synopsis Peleda is set in a highly stylised fantasy world that pits good against evil as players try to reclaim the land from an evil queen.