FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oxford, England, April 7th 2009 - Award-winning indie games developers Red Redemption will launch PC title“Climate Challenge 2010” early next year. The new game mirrors the challenges that face the planet as we struggle to combat and reverse the potentially cataclysmic effects of climate change. Climate Challenge 2010 is the ambitious sequel to the massively successful flash game Climate Challenge, developed by Red Redemption and sponsored by the BBC, which has been played on-line by nearly 1 million people since launch in 2007.
Based in Oxford and partnered with Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, Red Redemption ( http://www.red-redemption.com) has captured a unique market niche making science based climate games that both provoke and challenge and are exciting to play. With credit lines limited and games publishers slow to invest in new games titles, Red Redemption have still managed to raise development funds from private investors on both sides of the Atlantic to expand their creative workforce and put Climate Challenge 2010 into production.
“With climate change an ever more pressing issue we wanted to make a game that put the power, and the science, firmly in the hands of the public.” explains company chairman Gobion Rowlands,“making a game that is both fun and yet true to the science is a tough challenge, but it's a powerful combination that really engages players with the issues.”
Speaking about their investors Gobion Rowlands says“We are delighted that our shareholders on both sides of the Atlantic have shown the confidence and vision to support us in bringing a game on an important and timely subject to a wide audience.”
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Notes for Editors
• Chairman: Gobion Rowlands founded Red Redemption and was MD until 2008 when he changed roles to Chairman and Communications Director to focus on the communications around games and climate change. He is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008 for his work in climate change.
• MD/CEO: Klaude Thomas was formerly MD of Eidos Hungary and produced Battlestations: Midway for Eidos PLC before leaving to join Red Redemption in 2008.
• Creative Director: Ian Roberts was a former teacher before joining Red Redemption and has been lead designer on all of Red Redemption's games including the original Climate Challenge.
• Science Advisor: Hannah Rowlands worked on the ClimatePrediction.net project and completed her MSc in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford University before joining the company.
• Red Redemption was founded in 2000 to create exciting games and made a conscious decision in 2005 to concentrate purely on games that were ethical, brought real science, were family friendly and were fully featured games.
The following team members are available for interviews:
• Klaude Thomas MD&Producer
• Gobion Rowlands Chairman&Communications Director
• Ian Roberts Creative Director&Game Designer
• Hannah Rowlands In-house Games Climate Scientific Advisor.
Team photos and Climate Challenge 2010 concept art are available on request.
Gobion Rowlands FRSA
Chairman, Red Redemption Ltd
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