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Job Opportunity: Platform Engineer

A military commander looks out the window of a space vessel, watching as a smaller craft explodesStudio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, WA’s premier strategy game studio, are on the look out for a Platform Engineer. If you want to join a great team of developers, check out the details from the studio below. Application close Thursday, May 31st!

“We are a Perth-based game developer that specialises in strategy games. In 2017, we partnered with UK publisher Slitherine Games and Universal Studios to release “Battlestar Galactica Deadlock” on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Unity programmer to join our team. The initial contract is for 6 months, with the potential for extension. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining all aspects the non-PC versions of existing and unannounced games.

This is an on-site role in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.”

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the games run at their absolute best on current generation console platforms
  • Manage the task of porting games to new platforms
  • Develop tools and technology to assist design and QA team implement gameplay features
  • Enhance and add features to existing game systems
  • Collaborate with other engineers and developers, and abide by teams standards and best practices

Assets:

  • Experience developing games or software with the Unity3D game engine
  • Experience working with non-PC devices, such as embedded systems or mobile devices
  • Double bonus points if you’ve worked with a current generation console!
  • Either a BS in Computer Science, or equivalent experience.

 

If this sounds like your kind of gig, be sure to send your resume to the Black Labs via jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au before May 31, 2018. Good luck soldier!

Job Opportunity: QA Tester

Studio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, the Perth studio behind Battlestar Galactica Deadlock and Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, are on the look out for a Quality Assurance Tester to join their team. Late January they put a call out for expressions of interest for the role, so if you think you’re up to the challenge get your application in asap!

Details below straight from the studio…

 

“If you enjoy breaking games – and helping put them back together in better shape – and want to work with a team with a proven track record of success, we’d like to hear from you!

Here’s what you’ll be doing:
  • Test new and existing game features, and assist the development team with resolving bugs and improving the user experience.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of QA testing plans
  • Be an advocate for quality, ensuring the best experience for players
Ideally, you will:
  • Be able to communicate well with programmers and designers in a small team environment
  • Have a logical and thorough approach to problem solving
  • Have past professional experience as a software tester.
  • Have a deep familiarity with games and gaming conventions on multiple platforms
Bonus Points:
  • You’ll also be a fan of strategy games (or at least have an understanding of the genre).

We are looking for someone to join on a part time basis initially, with the possibility to extend to a full time role in the future. The role is based in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

If this sounds like your thing, please send your expression of interest and CV to jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au “

Two West Australian titles win at the Australian Game Developer Awards!

A series of AGDA award trophies laid out horizontally across a table, Each trophy is made up of waves of metal, with four golden concentric circles at the center of each one.

Image via Melbourne Int Game Week

Walking onto the stage to great applause, two of the nine winning titles at the 2017 Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) were from Western Australia. Congratulations to Black Lab Games, who won an award for Battlestar Galactica Deadlock (pictured above), and Jacob Janerka with a win for point-and-click adventure Paradigm!

Held on October 25th, the event saw a wide Array of Australian developers come together at the end of Games Connect Asia Pacific (as part of Melbourne International Games Week). There were not distinct categories for the games this year, with each being judged as a whole based on such aspects as “visual aesthetic, design and innovation, technical excellence, audio and compositional aesthetic, narrative, accessibility and representation”. That being said, their unofficial award titles were…

  • “Most Absurdly Confident Game Award” for Paradigm, and
  • “Strategic Deployment of Cylons Award” for Battlestar Galactica

We would also like to give a special mention to another excellent local title that was nominated; Symphony of the Machine by Stirfire Studios.

The AGDAs even got a mention on game news site Kotaku; feel free to check it out for details on all the other wonderful winners. You can also peruse the #AGDA17 feed from the night on twitter, as well as feast your eyes on photos of the event below as shared by Melbourne Int Games Week, Black Lab GamesJon Hayward, and Jonny Roses.

 

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock jumps to Steam, with console releases set to follow

Image text: Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, OUT NOW! Image description: A woman dressed in military uniform stands holding her arms behind her back, looking out a futuristic metal viewing port into space. URL links to related Steam game page.

In case you missed the interstellar transmission, the first Cylon War has begun and it is up to you to defend humanity’s twelve colonies in Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. This latest addition to the epic Battlestar franchise is the work of Perth-based space aficionados Black Lab Games, creators of Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy. Building upon Star Hammers’ simultaneous turn-based system, Deadlock has already managed to (faster than light) jump on Kotaku’s list of The Best Australian Games Of 2017 (So Far).

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Deadlock™ takes you into the heart of the First Cylon War, to fight epic 3D battles that will test your tactical prowess.

Take control of the Colonial Fleet from the bridge of the mobile shipyard, Daidalos, and free the Twelve Colonies from the Cylon threat. Build your fleets, protect the Quorum alliance and prepare to dig deeper into the conspiracies of this heroic conflict.

If you think you’re ready to join the fleet, enter the fray now on Steam. For those on the planets of Xbox One or Playstation 4, you will have to endure the Cylon onslaught just a little bit longer, but rest assured Battlestar will be heading your way soon!

The cost of wearing the uniform can be high… so be sure to check out the gameplay video below to see what you’re up against.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock AMA

A screenshot from the game Battlestar Galactica Deadlock, with the games logo and the Reddit logo. Text reads "Ask Me Anything" “11am July 20th, Perth Time'. Image is of a space scene, with a planet in the centre and a futuristic four-tiered space station on the left. A long spaceship has turned in front of the planet, moving away from the space station. Two websites are listed at the bottom, www.slitherine.com/bsgdeadlock and www.reddit.com/r/IAmA. This image links to the relevant reddit url.

Black Lab Games will be answering questions from Battlestar Galactica Deadlock fans with a live Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ event 11am this Thursday, July 20th. For those outside of Australia, the set your watches for Wednesday 8pm PST / 11pm EST.

The developers of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock will take part in an IAmA on Reddit. Ask Us Anything! From lore to gameplay, no subject is taboo. Don’t be afraid to ask: we will answer all questions at the best of our ability!

It is your chance to learn all there is to know on the game and how it fits in the Battlestar Galactica canon storyline!

To join in this early intelligence-gathering mission, head on over to the main Reddit AMA page and keep an eye out for the Battlestar subreddit this Thursday!

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock Gameplay Reveal

Logo Text: Battlestar Galactica Deadlock. Background image depicts a screenshot of space with asteroids and stars, with two spaceships in the foreground.

Blasting back onto the scifi circuit with massive fanfare, Perth-based studio Black Lab Games revealed their next title Battlestar Galactica Deadlock with an announcement trailer and gameplay reveal.

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock™ is a deep strategy game that also features a strong narrative with an extensive cast of characters, both new and from the existing lore. Fans will find all their favorite ships from Vipers, Raptors and Battlestars, to Cylon Raiders and Basestars, in addition to a brand-new range of ships designed exclusively for the game.

Check out the official Twitch stream here [starts @ 8:20] with publisher Slitherine for a first look at the excellent gameplay, and Black Lab Games answering questions in the comment. Or to keep up to date with the latest, check out the official website. BONUS: If you’re an avid scifi or Battlestar fan, be sure to sign up for the Beta here!

Watch live video from SlitherineGroup on www.twitch.tv

Star Hammer set to strike on Xbox One

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Perth-based studio Black Lab Games have just announced that their turn-based space strategy game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy will be making its way to Xbox One on August 26th! The title hit Steam and then iPad last year, and now it has been customised for all your controller-based gaming needs.

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a game of 3D tactical space battles. Play your part in the Second Contact War in a campaign with a branching story and over 60 missions, or create your own scenarios in skirmish mode battles.

Give your orders, and watch the results in explosive pausable real-time. Tailor your arsenal of crew abilities and assault class ships as your fleet grows with your command. Exploit the enemy’s weaknesses with superior positioning and flanking manoeuvres to inflict devastating damage.

Check out their Xbox One trailer below, and keep an eye out for enemy Nautalids on your home console come August 26th.

Award wins for local developers at the WAITTA Incite and WA Screen Awards

Local game makers and supporters making a mark at the WASA awards!

It’s a great time to be a part of the Western Australian games community, and we’re very happy to be able to share news of the success of local game-makers with you. In the last month the 25th WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Incite Awards took place, as did the 28th WA Screen Awards (WASAs). At these prestigious events the spotlight shone upon our excellent games industry, with a number of awards going to local developers. So here are all the details!

 

25th WAITTA Incite Awards

WAITTA Incite Awards celebrate innovation and excellence across Information and Communications Technology fields in WA. The 25th annual awards were presented in June at the Hyatt Regency, Perth. Highlights from the awards ceremony can be found here.

Now on to the winners of the big event…

 

Winner: Achiever of the Year

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie

Kate walked away from the WAITTA awards night with the appropriately fancy title of “Achiever of the Year.” It is no exaggeration to say that Kate is a champion of the local games industry; as the Director of Games & Interactive at FTI she has been the driving force behind initiatives like Playup Perth and Level One. Without a doubt her tireless efforts have helped the community grow into one of the most vibrant in the country. Her passion, dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, so congratulations Kate!

 

Finalist: Most Creative Media & Entertainment Tech

Stirfire Studios, Symphony of the Machine

Garth Pendergrast from Stirfire Studios, Kate Raynes-Goldie and Ros Walker from FTI

From its origins at this year’s Global Game Jam, Symphony of the Machine has quickly become one of the most anticipated VR games of the local dev scene. Although they didn’t take out top honours for the category, Stirfire Studios will be going on to compete in the iAwards in Melbourne later this year.
Congratulations Stirfire!

 

28th WA Screen Awards

Presented by FTI, the WA Screen Awards are the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, acknowledging innovation and achievement across film, music, games and interactive media. The 28th annual awards were presented in July at the Heath Ledger State Theatre, Perth.

So who were the big names in games for this special event? Congratulations to…

 

Winner: Best Game

Black Lab Games, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy

Anthony Carriero, Paul Turbett, and Anthony Sweet standing together, with a WASA Award

Black Lab Games must have learned a few things about strategy when making their tactical space combat game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, as it proved to be a few moves ahead of its fellow nominees, taking out the Best Game category at this year’s WASAs. Congratulations to Black Lab Games on a very well deserved win!

 

Nominees: Best Game

We’d also like to acknowledge the other nominees in the category for being amazing local artists and developers. So well done to:

 

Winner: Best Interactive Production

Hungry Sky, Sam Bodhi Field, Alice Ross & Clay Bryce; Beneath the Waves

Periscope Pictures and Hungry Sky together for the WA Screen Awards

Created for the WA Museum, this engaging interactive documentary lets you explore the amazing Kimberley marine environment. Congratulations to local studio Hungry Sky, as well as Periscope Pictures on the win!

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A big congratulations to all nominees and winners across both awards ceremonies! It’s great to see the artistic, ICT and game development industries within WA thriving! Keep up the good work~

Beta Testers needed as Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy comes to iPad

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Earlier this year saw Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, a WEGO space strategy game, hit the Steam and send players off to defend the planet Novus. Now the fight has spread onto the iPad, but before humanity can defeat the armada of space squids Black Lab Games needs your help to defeat bugs by means of beta testing.

The beta test is being coordinated by publisher Slitherine Ltd, so to join the fun and test both Star Hammer: VP and your skills, head on over their sign up page. You will need to create an account, but rest assured your contribution to the people of planet Novus, and the Coalition forces will be greatly appreciated!

 

Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with this games project.

 

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy available now on Steam

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Last year the folks from Black Lab Games were successful applicants of Screen Australia’s Interactive Games Fund, allowing the team to work full-time on the next title in their space strategy series. Now at last, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is in orbit and available on Steam! So get ready to take command of Naval Strike Group 7, and defend the people of planet Novus from the threats that lie beyond the stars.

Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a game of 3D tactical space battles. Play your part in the Second Contact War in a campaign with a branching story and over 60 missions, or create your own scenarios in skirmish mode battles.

The game is available for both PC and Mac, with a special launch discount of 10% until June 11th (down to $17.99USD). So if you’re keen to set off into space and fight some alien squids, head on over to the Steam page now and check it out.

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Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with this games project.