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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.

Funding for Black Lab Games

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While the Interactive Games Fund was cancelled earlier this year, there were a lucky few who managed to apply before the news hit. One such studio was Black Lab Games, and we would now like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their successful application!

The funding is set to go towards developing the studio’s second game, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, and has allowed Founder Paul Turbett to work on the title full time. It also means that the team has expanded to include Anthony Sweet (Game Designer), Anthony Carriero (Art Director), Mark Smith (3D Modelling and Animation) and Richard Kong (UI Developer).

All the best to Paul and the team. We look forward to seeing the latest instalment in the Star Hammer series.

GameCloud presents: GameCity Indie Day!

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It’s been a busy year for games in Perth, with many a quality title being released, new studios and partnerships coming about, not to mention a steady stream of awards and nominations arising. In addition to joining us this Sunday for the  Let’s Make Games End of Year Party, why not reflect on the year that was at the all you can eat, drink and play ‘Indie Day’ extravaganza organised by the folks at GameCloud and GameCity.

What: GameCity Indie Day
When: 7th December, 12pm – 6pm
Where: Shop TR2/3, Raine Square Shopping Centre, 300 Murray Street, Perth
Entry: $25
RSVP: Facebook.

As this event is an ode to the Perth gaming industry, there will be a range of games to try your hand at, including some of the latest Perth-made titles. Some local developers already on the gaming guest list are Stirfire Studios, SK Games, Titanium Studios, Gnomic Studios, Black Lab Games and Sky Breaker Games.

For all the latest details on the delicious food and gaming goodness check out the official Facebook event.

Short talks by Perth game developers

Let’s Make Games is proud to announce our next event:

  • Title: Short Talks by Perth Game Developers
  • Time/Date: 5:00pm – 8:00pm, September 10, 2010
  • Location: Room B202 (the theatrette), eCentral TAFE, 140 Royal Street, East Perth
  • Description: Let’s Make Games has invited four local game developers (Matt Comi, Saxon Druce, Aranda Morrison, and Paul Turbett) to share their first-hand experiences developing and releasing games for various platforms (iPhone, Flash, Xbox360, Playstation 3, and PSP).

We’re very excited to have such a great line-up of speakers talking about recently released games on multiple commercial platforms. Perth game development has sure come a long way in the last few years!

Here are some links to our speakers’ games:

Here’s the event flyer (click image for a print-ready version):

Hope to see you there!

Update: If you are on Facebook, check out the Facebook page for this event.

Update: Location updated with Room number (B202, the theatrette). We’ll be putting up signs and guiding people to the right place, but it’s nice to know the room number just in case!

Star Hammer Tactics on PS3 and PSP

Last month we reported that Star Hammer Tactics had been released on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and we lamented the lack of availability here in Australia.

We are happy to hear that Black Lab Games‘ futurist turn-based strategy game is now available in Australia for Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable via the Playstation Network.

Black Lab Games have released a new game trailer to coincide with the launch:

It’s quite an achievement for a solo developer to release near simultaneously on three platforms. So Paul Turbett, our collective metaphorical hat goes off to you! Good work!

Star Hammer Tactics is now LIVE

Local game developer Black Lab Games (run by industry veteran and local hero Paul Turbett) recently (just yesterday) released Star Hammer Tactics onto Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Here’s a blurb from the press release:

Star Hammer Tactics is an easy-to-learn game of tactical battles. Deploy your forces, engage your enemy and outwit them to achieve victory by blasting them to pieces! Along with the single-player campaign, Star Hammer Tactics features a choice of skirmish modes – single player against a devious AI, or the local multi-player mode in which gamers will compete for glory and bragging rights!

It’s fantastic to see a locally developed game readily available for download on a major console. Although, it’s a shame that it’s not readily available in Australia as Xbox LIVE Indie Games is yet to launch here!

Congratulations Paul!

Note: How does a local developer go about making games for the Xbox360? Why can’t we buy Xbox LIVE Indie Games here? Answers to all these questions and more when Paul Turbett talks about his experiences at our next Let’s Make Games technical session in August (or September). 😉

Keep those survey responses coming!

Thanks to everyone who has responded to our surveys thus far. It’s great to receive feedback on events and to see all these submissions for developer profiles and a game directory listings.

Just a reminder that we are currently running three surveys:

  1. Community (Scene): For everyone involved in games in Perth!
  2. Developer: Former and current game developers, submit a profile!
  3. Game: Provide us with information on games that you have worked on!

We hope that prolific local game developers will take some time to submit multiple responses to the developer and game surveys (assuming that they have worked at various companies and on various games, even if those companies are no longer around).

So how are the surveys going? Our estimates place the current response levels at:

All those responses and we still want more!

If you have yet to respond, please consider the following:

  • If you previously experienced some technical issues (the dreaded “you have already completed this survey” bug), please give it another go. We’ve patched the server software and everything should be peachy now.
  • Maybe you have worked on a game, but figure that someone else who worked on it will submit a profile (so you don’t have to). Well, they may be thinking the same thing! If we get multiple submissions for the same game, we will merge the results (resulting in an ever BETTER profile!)
  • Maybe you feel that your game was: made a long time ago, not that great, unworthy of a listing… who cares anyway… sigh. Well, WE CARE! We want to know all about it and when you are a rich and famous game developer you’ll want to relive the old times!

By simply responding, you could join the ranks of these great local developers:

Moreover, you could see your work featured alongside these great games:

In summary: Every response we get helps us paint a more complete picture of game development here in Perth. Our past, present, and future becomes more clear with everyone bit of information you submit! So please, keep those responses coming!