Northampton, United Kingdom - July 14. 2008
Computer game developers Games Faction have recently been unveiled as the only company outside North America to win a coveted spot in Penny Arcade's 'PAX 10', an independent games showcase, at the world famous Penny Arcade Expo.
The UK company, whose game Project Aftermath impressed a judging panel of over 50 industry experts, will now compete against the other 9 finalists for the coveted "Audience Choice Award" at the Expo in Seattle this August.
Games Faction, a British games developer based in Northampton, England, was set up in February 2006 by Lee Hickey and Malcolm Reed - two industry veterans with over 20 years professional experience and a shared passion for making great games.
The duo, who are putting the finishing touches to their game and preparing to release Project Aftermath this August, are committed to creating innovative and diverse games and are proud to be a key player in the emerging wave of Indie developers.
Lee explained: "Because Games Faction is self funded and independent we have the freedom to push boundaries and create something completely new. That is what we have done with Project Aftermath and we are absolutely thrilled to be a PAX 10 finalist."
Malcolm added: "The PAX 10 is quite a line up, with more established studios and IGF (Independent Games Festival) winners making up the finalists. We're extremely pleased and excited to be part of it. It will be a great opportunity to show off what we have been working on for the last two years, to meet the other finalists and the gamers themselves and get some first-hand feedback."
Project Aftermath, available for Microsoft Windows from this Summer, is Games Faction's first game to be set in the turbulent Morphid universe.
Lee added: "Project Aftermath has been a risky undertaking as a first title for an Independent developer, and we don't think it is obviously "Indie". Our hope is that people will be very excited and perhaps surprised at what a small team can achieve."
The Morphid Universe and Project Aftermath
In the aftermath of a brutal war, when your enemy has wiped out everything you hold dear, the time has come to regroup and strike back. Enlist in the Morphid army and use all the weapons and genetic powers at your disposal to eradicate the New Order menace!
Project Aftermath is a tactical action game where you command up to four squads of soldiers in exciting battles in a retro-futuristic world. Equip your squads to suit your playing style, researching new items using the spoils of war; choosing from 100 different weapons, armour, power-up augmentations and spell-like special attacks.
Engage in hectic massed battles against hordes of enemies. Capture strategic locations, rescue hostages and slaughter indiscriminately! Explore the landscape to locate hidden treasures and uncover the secrets of both your enemy and the mysterious planet you find yourselves on. Replay missions using fewer soldiers and items to earn greater rewards.
Action, mystery, hideous manmachine hybrids; Project Aftermath has it all!