Blitz Arcade signs Project Aftermath to its 1>UP label

14 January 2009 Blitz Games Studios has signed up Project Aftermath, the PAX10 winning Arcade RTS game by indie developers Games Faction, under its Blitz Arcade 1>UP initiative.

Dubbed a“cool indie arcade that you really should look at” by Jim Rossignol, Rockpapershotgun.com, Project Aftermath is a squad-based RTS set in a retro-futuristic world. Released in October 2008 and available from Steam and gamesfaction.com, it’s gone down a storm with critics, with an overall score of 75 on metacritic.com boosting the game substantially.

Command up to four squads of soldiers in a post-apocalyptic world where your enemy has destroyed everything you hold dear. Fight in massive battles against the hordes and use all the weapons and genetic powers at your disposal to eradicate the enemy.

The game rests on a points system– you pick up GOOP (fuel you need to run your ships/power your weapons/generally do everything) for finishing off your enemies and achieving objectives and spend them to use special powers. Equip your squads to suit your style and choose from over 100 weapons.

With only three people to make the entire game, Games Faction took on a mighty task and shed blood, sweat and tears to create Project Aftermath from scratch, without compromising their vision. It may have taken two years but it was worth it for Lee Hickey and Malcolm Reed, both ex-Deep Red Games.

“We actually built our own engine so we could build it exactly how we wanted. Our main objective was to keep the tech pretty simple to make sure it works on a large number of machines.” says Lee Hickey, Game Faction’s Managing Director.“We’re really happy with the final result and the critics’ reactions. While the game is currently available to download from a few portals, we’re really happy to be teaming up with Blitz 1>UP to gain additional exposure and help to maximise worldwide distribution.”

Adds Chris Swan, Blitz Arcade business development director:“We’re delighted to be partnering with Games Faction and their excellent title. The team have made a tremendous job in creating such a high-quality and accessible RTS title, and it’s an honour to be helping them to maximise its success.”

JOIN THE FIGHT!

• Campaign mode containing ten missions of fast-paced action in a mysterious alien world.

• 20 Challenge missions to test your skills to the limit.

• Command up to four Heroes and watch them grow in experience and power.

• Equip your squad your way with over 100 different items in 1000s of combinations with the Classless Heroes.

• Create turrets, call for back up, ask for equipment changes mid-mission and more…

• Decide how tough you want it to be by over or under equipping your Heroes

• Collect Honours for exceptional skill in battle.

What the critics are saying:

“Aesthetically speaking, Project Aftermath is an amazing accomplishment. It looks like a game with high production values and runs smoothly like one too.” Aaron Rodgers, Associated Content.

“Project Aftermath is one of the best examples of why independent games are the true soul of PC gaming and worth your time exploring… Multiple ways to replay the game make it a must buy for RTS fans.” GameFocus. Score: 85.

“If RTS games are your type, then you’ll fall madly in love with and proceed to stalk Project Aftermath.” GamingExcellence. Score: 80.

For more on Project Aftermath see:

http://www.gamesfaction.com/project-aftermath

For developers interested in discussing further opportunities under the Blitz 1>UP initiative, please contact us via our website at:

www.BlitzGamesStudios.com/about_us/1up

For press only:

For more information, please contact: Debbie Henderson, Assistant PR Manager, Blitz Games Studios

T: +44 (0) 1926 880000

E: dhenderson@BlitzGamesStudios.com

About Blitz Games Studios:

Blitz Games Studios is based in Leamington Spa and was founded in 1990 by industry veterans Andrew and Philip Oliver and now has more than 230 staff. Its five divisions encompass mature titles (Volatile Games), Serious Games (TruSim), family titles (Blitz Games), in-house technology (BlitzTech) and downloadable games (Blitz Arcade).

About Games Faction:

Games Faction, a British independent games developer based in Northampton, England, was set up in February 2006 by Lee Hickeyand Malcolm Reed - two industry veterans with over 22 years professional experience and a shared passion for making great games. The duo are committed to creating innovative and diverse games for digital distribution and are proud to be a key player in the emerging wave of indie developers.


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