EMBARGO 20 May 2013
Plymouth-based studio Remode will develop Campy Command: Nowhere to run, with the support of a Wellcome Trust People Award. The game’s aim is to engage new people with science, by enabling them to take control of a microscopic creature Campylobacter jejuni and try to survive a day in the life of this helical-shaped, Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacteria.
Nicknamed Campy in the game, the bacteria is enjoying its life in the chicken gut, minding its own business, consuming amino acids and multiplying. But when its host becomes supper, things start to look bad for little Campy. Luckily the new host was a poor chef and now the race is on to escape this new hostile world for the new frontiers of the human gut. Things are about to get very messy for the new human host…
Ella Romanos, CEO of Remode says, “This is a great opportunity to create a game that will not just be fun to play, but also getting people interested in science. The game play will be inspired by top down shoot-em-ups, with a humorous narrative and fun social features.”
The game was originally conceived for the Wellcome Trust Gamify your PhD event in 2012, which put researchers in the role of computer games designers. PhD students in biomedical sciences or medical humanities were matched with game development teams and given just two days to transform research ideas into playable games.
Rachel Hillman, Broadcast and Games Manager at the Wellcome Trust, commented: “We are excited to see how the idea is evolving from the prototype they developed at our Gamify your PhD event and look forward to seeing how Remode integrate the science into the game play. It’s great to be able to continue to support the game; we hope Campy Command: Nowehere to Run will stimulate discussion and bring science into the culture of games.”
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Remode is an independent production and game development studio founded in 2007 by Ella Romanos and Martin Darby, who met while studying at University of Plymouth. Remode was founded on the belief that games provide a valuable contribution to our culture, not just through play, but through the worlds they create. Remode work closely with all clients, partners and brands to develop new and engaging interactive experiences across online and mobile. Clients and partners include Sulake, Arkadium and GameHouse. Remode’s work has been recognised by Develop, MCV, Edge and The Guardian and founders Ella and Martin work hard to support all independent studios in the UK, through their work curating ExPlay Festival in the South West and regular speaking engagements at games conferences. In 2011, Ella Romanos was also awarded finalist in the ‘Innovator Of The Year’ category for the Women in Technology Award and listed in 30 under 30 in Develop 2012.
About the Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. The Trust’s breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. It is independent of both political and commercial interests. www.wellcome.ac.uk