Wales in Play at Gamescom
Wales is developing a vibrant digital gaming sector and five of its leading players head out to Gamescom, the self-styled ‘Heart of Gaming’ in Cologne from August 22 – 26 to connect and develop business opportunities with likeminded companies and industry experts from around the world.
Gamescom is the leading European trade fair for digital gaming culture, bringing professionals together for product launches, business development and knowledge sharing. This year, reflecting the accelerated growth of the Welsh digital media sector and its potential economic impact, Welsh Government is showcasing five local developers in the UK Pavilion – Quantum Soup Studios; Talespinners; Toxic Games; Wales Interactive; and West Coast Software / West Coast Games.
Wales Interactive know the ropes at Gamescom, having successfully exhibited there for the past three years, and this year their goals are to promote their latest VR Horror game, Don’t Knock Twice, developed alongside the horror film of the same name starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), directed by Caradog James (The Machine) and made entirely in Wales. They’ll also be promoting their latest acclaimed, interactive movie title Late Shift, one of the leading examples of its genre.
Wales Interactive MD David Banner said: “Gamescom has been crucial in helping achieve 1.5 million downloads of our games and being nominated for 65 awards, As we’ve also evolved into an Indie publishing label we’re looking for titles to sign with the aim of publishing them multi-platform worldwide.”
Director Ian Thomas of Talespinners said: “We’re heading to Gamescom for the second year to meet companies who need help with stories for their game. Last year was excellent for us and as a result we’re now working with a number of European partners on projects, including writing for the game Raid: World War II, which features John Cleese.
Chris Payne of Quantum Soup Studios has a very specific aim for the company’s first trip to Gamescom: “We’re looking for a publishing partnership and finishing funds for our debut project launching early next year, written by Talespinners, and voiced in Welsh and English by some well-known actors. Talesinger: Voice of the Dragon is a non-violent role playing game, casting the player as trainee bard Gwen, and using songs and stories to inspire, persuade or shame Celtic chieftains into standing up to the invading Romans. It’s a game where story is your weapon.”
The West Coast Group are Wales’ most experienced games developers, and for them Gamescom is an integral part of their business diary, reconnecting them with contacts from around the globe, including publishers for their own products D/Generation HD Plus and Rees Rally Racers. CEO Ken Bird said: “We are looking to expand our group of Independent Developers, build relationships and offer our skills to convert good games to platforms such as XBox1, PS4, and Switch that are usually out of reach of many small independent companies.”
Toxic Games are taking Q.U.B.E. 2, their follow up first-person puzzle game to Gamescom. Players step into the shoes of Amelia Cross, a British archaeologist who has awoken on a strange alien planet. The game won the Outstanding Gameplay and Game of the Year Awards from Reboot Develop 2016.