Saturday, 12 July 2014

WGDS 2014: Gary Napper's Alien Isolation Talk

Highlights from Garry Napper's Alien Isolation talk at the 2014 Wales Games Development show.

Gary Napper- Lead Game Designer at The Creative Assembly spoke about the approach the team took whilst creating the Alien, for the his latest title Alien: Isolation. A very interesting Q&A session also followed. Questions were taken about the upcoming game, as well as a range of issues affecting the games industry at the moment.

Infinity Runner- Oculus Rift Trailer

Prince Charles Studio Visit

Just some photos of last weeks visit by Prince Charles to the Wales Interactive studio.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Develop Awards 2014 Finalists- Wales Interactive

As the title suggests, Wales Interactive has made it as one of the finalists in the 2014 Develop Awards. We are up against some steep competition in our category, but for such a small studio, just making it to the final is a good achievement in my eyes. 'Talent Investment' is the category that we're in and below is a list of all the finalist's joining us. Wish us luck, I think we'll need it.

  • Creative Assembly
  • Dare To Be Digital – Abertay University
  • Jagex
  • King
  • NFTS Games
  • The Livingstone School
  • Ubisoft Graduate Programme
  • Wales Interactive

As a Develop Award's partner, Wales Interactive have also been featured on the Develop website. I'm a frequent visitor to the site, so it was a big surprise to see the face of my boss plastered across the screen. You can read the article by following the link below:

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Creative Industries Development Award Winners 2014

iwa-inspire-logo-smallerWales Interactive were lucky enough to win an Inspire Wales award for Creative Industries Development, on the weekend. The award is in recognition of the opportunities offered within the digital creative industries sector, the Welsh Government created this award to acknowledge a business or project which has successfully exploited creative products or services utilising emerging digital technologies. 

Below is a video of the short-listed nominees in our category, our studio features towards the end of the video:

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Infinity Runner- Launch Trailer

As the title suggests, this is the launch trailer for my latest game, Infinity Runner. As I've mentioned before it has a Mirrors Edge vibe to it, but one of the main differences and challenges of this game, is that you have the ability to turn into a werewolf at certain points. This was new territory for me because as far as I am aware, not many games have done first-person quadruped animation. The only games that come to mind are the Left for Dead series, when you play as a Hunter and Turtle Rock Studio's new game Evolve. Though not much information was around about that at the time, so really I had no point of reference. I was pretty much prototyping as I went along with the werewolf and there were a few early versions that just didn't feel right. Eventually it turned out okay and I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Release date will be 02/06/14 and will be available to purchase here on Steam.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Infinity Runner Concept Art

As the release of my next game, Infinity Runner, is right around the corner, I thought I'd share a few pieces of concept art from the game. They were created by concept artist and Wales Interactive employee Chris Phillips.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

12 Principles of Animation

Thought I would share this charming animation explaining the 12 principles. Its a really great piece and was created by by animator/motion artist cento lodigiani.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Infinity Runner- Teaser Trailer

So here it is, the latest game I have been working on. Its called Infinity Runner and it's a Sci-fi Action Running game for PC, Mac, Linux and will also feature Oculus Rift Support, which I'm really excited about. In terms of animation it has a bit of a Mirrors Edge vibe to it, but as you will see in future trailers there will be plenty of features to set it apart. There's still lots to do and a fair few things to fix, but the project is going well and I'm happy with the progress we've made so far.

Oculus Rift Developers

Look what's arrived at the studio, Wales Interactive will now be supporting the Oculus Rift. More importantly I finally got the chance to try it out, yay! A bit dissapointed that I succumbed to motion sickness though.