Student game developers DOS Studios, picked up the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award at the the British Academy Games Awards thanks to their nomination through the Dare to be Digital contest.
Dare to be Digital is an eight-week student game design contest ran by the Abertay University in Dundee each summer. It is the only way through to a One to Watch Award nomination.
The winning game, Size DOES Matter, is a side-scroling action game for mobile devices in which the player as to match different sized blocks to a continuous series of gaps. It was created by Mattis Delerud, Nick La Rooy, Trond Fasteraune, Silje Dahl and Lars Andersen.
The game also won a £25,000 prize as part of the Channel 4 award at last years Dare ProtoPlay games festival, allowing an updated version of the game to be published later this year by Channel 4.
Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed The Last of Us swept us at this years British Academy Games Awards picking up five of the seven awards for which it was nominated.
The post-apocalyptic survival game picked up awards for best action and adventure title, best story, best audio achievement, best performer (for Ashely Johnson as Ellie) and the nights biggest award, Best Game.
It was a excellent night for British developers with Rockstar also picking up four awards.
The Edinburgh-based developer picked up best British game, best game design, best multiplayer and the BAFTA fellowship award, presented by Metal Gear director Hideo Kojima, for Grand Theft Auto V.
London based software house PAN Studio have turned to Kickstarter in order to fund their new project – a real-time geospatial multiplayer strategy game for mobile platforms.
Device GPS coordinates translate to virtual space as players look to compete for control over territory by covering local streets through exercise. A turf war is created through area capture and reinforcement by constant movement, with more of a focus on opportunistic tacticians than persistent athletes.
Beta invites are available for backers of the iOS version. Total pledges of £25,000, from a goal of £15,000, would see an Android version come into play.
Sam Hill, co-founder of PAN Studio, says, “We’re making Run Your Empire because it’s the kind of game we’d like to play ourselves. We want something that requires the same tactical planning as the digital and tabletop games we already enjoy, but rooted in the real world where presence and physical actions make a difference. The game is designed for anyone else who might also enjoy a new way of playing strategy.”
Early bird pledge options are still available, as the developers look ahead to the April 15th deadline.
South Park: The Stick of Truth takes the top spot from Thief (-48%), which slumps to second. A large portion of South Park sales fall on Xbox 360 (56%), with the remainder on PlayStation 3 (41%) and PC (6%).
Movement throughout the top ten is far from uniform, with Plants Vs Zombies (-1%) gaining a place with little change over sales from last week.
The Lego Movie Videogame (-31%) and FIFA 14 (-21%) fall two places each, the latter matching its lowest position since launch. Conversely, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-23%) falls out of the top five to sixth, its lowest position to date.
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) gains one place to seventh, ahead of Battlefield 4 (-29%) and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (-24%).
At its poorest position yet, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (-16%) completes the top ten.
The only other new release in the top forty is Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at twenty-first place.
Following the impressive reveal trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, the fourth in the series and the third from the London based developer Rocksteady, comes a set of impressive screenshots.
Posted on Imgur, the eleven images show a mixture of what appears to be gameplay footage, character design/artwork and development shots.
Tiny Goalie is the latest app from Brighton-based Fat Fish Games. A small team of indie developers, they have been publishing a range of software from their South-East studio for the best part of eight years. Gamebrit caught up with Anthony Barker, the teams Creative Director to find out just how Tiny Goalie may be the perfect replacement for your lamented Flappy Bird addiction.
Available for free from both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, Tiny Goalie is simple to play and addictive to boot. You simply slide your finger from side-to-side, controlling a goalkeeper who is tasked with saving any balls kicked his way. Let one past you and it’s Game Over.
Thief stole the top spot of the UK chart from The Lego Movie Videogame (-33%), after the latter enjoyed two weeks at the summit.
FIFA 14 (-15%) follows suit by dropping a place to third, ahead of Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare as a new entry at fourth.
Dropping two places each to land between fifth and eighth, Call of Duty: Ghosts (-36%), Battlefield 4 (-17%), LEGO Marvel Superheroes and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition suffer from the new entries.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag only drops one place ahead of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, the sequel to the 2010 Lords of Shadow, as it releases to tenth.
At thirteenth, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles is a new release for PlayStation 3. The final new entry in the Top 40 is DS title Senran Kagura Burst at thirty-eighth.
More than a fortnight after the main awards the British Academy of Film and Television Arts begins its countdown for the gaming awards, set to take place on Wednesday, March 12th.
In order to build up excitement for the event, BAFTA released a brief video providing a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation currently underway for the awards and the pre-awards Inside Game event.
The LEGO Movie Videogame built on the movies continued success over the school holidays.
The film topped the UK Box Office with £18.9 million in earnings in its opening weekend, and a sequel film has also been announced for planned release in May 2017. The result? The LEGO Movie Videogame sitting a top the UK chart for another week.
A massive nine LEGO titles occupy spots in the top forty; all of which have been developed by Cheshire based Traveller’s Tales. The combined UK revenue generated by the nine games now stands at over £145 million.
Many gamers the world over have enjoyed the thrills (and frustrations) of Nintendo’s long-running Mario Kart series, with many no doubt dreaming of taking a real-life version of the famous plumber’s kart for a spin. Thankfully, such a thing is now a reality, at least for children, as Jakks Pacific have unveiled an official Nintendo-licensed Mario Kart ride-on vehicle.
Newly released film tie-in, The LEGO Movie Videogame, is the most successful title of the week, as FIFA 14 tumbles down the chart. The release of the film has also boosted popularity in past titles, with the likes of Lego Batman 2 and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga re-entering the chart.