Team17 will publish a new puzzle action game from some of the team behind Hector: Badge of Carnage on Steam in the third quarter of 2014.
Developed by Italic Pig, a collective of developers from Ireland and the UK, Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark is described as “part combat-platformer, part logic-puzzler, part open-world explorer and part character-driven adventure”.
Lost Quark is the third title to join the Steam queue as part of Team17’s newly rebooted publishing arm.
Already on track to be published are Mouldy Toof’s The Escapists and Just A Pixel’s Light. Team17 MD Debbie Bestwick told Develop that the studio intends to publish more third-party titles on Steam in future.
“There are so many cerebrally awesome concepts in physics that, unfortunately, are usually presented as either bafflingly complex or dreadfully dull,” said Italic Pig’s director Kevin Beimers. “With Raiders of the Lost Quark I set out to make an exciting adventure at a subatomic scale that will inspire scientists and non-scientists alike, and a hero that physics lovers like me can rally behind.”
“I’ll be the first to admit that a quantum physics adventure is a tricky one to put into an elevator pitch, but thankfully, Team17’s an ideal home for Lost Quark, and it’s a real honour to be working with the creators of the games of my formative years.”
Bestwick added: “We are really excited about working alongside Kevin on Schrödinger’s Cat. When he showed us the game we definitely were not in two minds about it. We’re delighted to be his partner. The man is a genius and beyond.”
The game features the voice talent of the AJ LoCascio, best known for his role as Marty McFly in Telltale Games’ Back to the Future.
Set in theme park-style zoo environment, players collect and command an army of cuddly quarks. They can combine and create useful bits of temporary matter – platforms, copters, bubbles, grenades – to combat and subdue the aptly named elementary particles now running amok.
Earlier this year, Team17 revealed that it is bring more third-party mobile games to app stores as part of its publishing expansion.