Created August 8, 2011
Release date: TBC
Publisher: Merge Games Ltd
Developer: TC Games Ltd
Distributor: Merge Games Ltd
Suggested retail Price: TBC
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News title: University graduate team sets up new company TC Games Ltd, backed by developer SmashMouth Games and publisher Merge Games.
Article Text: 08/08/2011 University graduate team sets up new company TC Games Ltd, backed by developer SmashMouth Games and publisher Merge Games Ltd.
A brand new indie development team, TC Games, comprising of graduates from the University of Salford, has been set up by Manchester-based developer SmashMouth Games and Cheshire-based publisher Merge Games. The collaborating parties formed TC Games Ltd, part owned by SmashMouth Games and Merge Games, to develop and release TC Games’ first project, Velisia: A Traitor’s Legacy. The company’s base of operations is situated at Manchester’s dynamic new Sharp Project, a technological hub exclusively set up exclusively for companies within the digital sector.
SmashMouth Games’ Managing Director Zuby Ahmed says: “SmashMouth Games is incredibly pleased to partner up with Merge Games to set up this bold new venture. We are very excited about TC Games and Velisia; we hope that this opportunity shows that there are definitely opportunities for graduates to show initiative and work closely with companies already established within the games industry. Our educational links with The University of Salford and Futureworks have helped us to recognise on-going student talent and we hope that this new venture is the start of things to come.”
Merge Games Managing Director, Luke Keighran says ‘We are extremely excited about our joint venture with TC Games and SmashMouth Games. The guys at TC Games have already shown enormous talent with their first project Velisia set to release on digital formats over the next coming months. Similarly, SmashMouth Games has all the experience in mentoring TC Games on development cycles to ensure we are building a world class development studio team. ‘
TC Games’ Producer and Lead Designer Chris Wilson says: “I think I speak for everyone in my team when I say that none of us really envisioned this being our path after graduating from university when we started the Velisia project a year ago. We all expected to be currently applying for jobs in the big development studios about now and instead we have the opportunity to set up our own company and take our very own game to market, it’s both exciting and a little scary.’’
Velisia: A Traitor’s Legacy, a strategy- RPG set in the peaceful world of Tarn. Tarn is plagued with the return of an ancient enemy and the noble knights of Velisia must pledge to fend off the onslaught and uphold order by any means necessary. Four recruits embark on their journey to drive back the destructive invaders by utilising their unique skills and strengths. Only a keen strategic mind can force the aggressors back to whence they came and raise the rookie squadron into the elite warriors Tarn needs:
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• From Zero to Hero: Raise your Velisian Knights from green recruits to battle hardened veterans throughout the game!
• Master your Art: Specialise your knights in an area of your choice!
• Plan your strategy: The game’s Action Point System allows the player to employ anything from increased manoeuvrability to concentrated offensives!
• Bring peace to a warring world: Experience a world like no other and immerse yourself in the blend of cultures and warring factions within the world of Tarn.
For more information on Velisia please go to www.teamcraftgames.com
About SmashMouth Games:
SmashMouth Games, established in 2006, is an award-winning independent development company focusing on creating casual and innovative videogames for the download market. The company also has 4 other initiatives in regards to delivering its business objectives; academic services, intensive game development training, outsourced development services and consultancy. Since its establishment, the company has; successfully released 5 products has been granted a commercial licence from Nintendo to bring Intellectual Property to the Wii and the 3DS, granted a developer licence by Apple to bring its IP to Apple hardware and also are qualified partner within the Microsoft Empower Program. The company also has successful educational ties with The University of Salford ( http://www.salford.ac.uk/) and is also based at Futureworks Manchester School of Media ( www.futureworks.co.uk/), both of which are situated in the heart of Manchester. For further information visit: www.smashmouthgames.com
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About Merge Games:
Merge Games opened for business in January 2010, and is rapidly establishing itself as an innovative and new breed of publisher of multi-platform games across PC, Iphone, Ipad and Facebook Games genres. To date Merge Games have published PC Storm: Frontline Nations, PC APOX with forthcoming titles in Nuclear Dawn, PC Puzzler 2011 series,PC, Ipad and Iphone Cooking School: Thai Kitchen.
Based in Manchester, UK Merge Games have a wealth of international games publishing experience. Merge Games are passionate about gaming and the gaming industry. Merge Games has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline encompassing both digital and retail gaming that it is looking to announce soon.