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A revealing press release snuck its way into my inbox today, and while it doesn't spill a whole lot of details about the unannounced game that spawned it, it at least makes us aware of the fact that developers n-Space and Digital Extremes are teaming up on a new role-playing game set "within a world-renowned fantasy franchise" and based on "one of the best IPs in the world." What's more, the team is comprised of at least some ex-Dragon Age (including director Dan Tudge), Baldur's Gate, and Neverwinter Nights developers, so that's a pretty good indication that there is some significant talent behind this one:
N-SPACE AND DIGITAL EXTREMES ANNOUNCE NEW GAME PARTNERSHIP; COLLABORATE ON UNANNOUNCED RPG
Shift in Industry Creates Bold New Opportunities for Independent Developers
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 5, 2015) Combining over 40 years of game production experience, fellow independent developers n-Space and Digital Extremes announced today a partnership that merges their unique talents and experience to release an exciting new RPG set within a world-renowned fantasy franchise. This collaboration is an indicator of the recent shift in the industry toward direct-to-consumer publishing by independent developers and is a significant milestone for both studios.
With growth in digital distribution, better access to affordable technology, disappearing barriers to global reach, and the socialization of the internet, the traditional publisher/developer model is no longer the only option to bring AAA games to market. Smart, quick-iterating development teams are redefining the rules and solidifying their futures by creating games they're passionate about while also building direct relationships with their players. This partnership embodies this new approach.
(Even with our 20-year history of successful work-for-hire projects, we have never been more proud,) said Dan O'Leary, Co-founder and CEO, n-Space. (We are working on one of the best IPs in the world with a talented, passionate team that will help redefine the future of n'‘Space. Our friends at Digital Extremes are the perfect partner in this, having travelled a similar path through the industry. Leveraging their expertise in self-publishing allows us to focus on delivering an amazing RPG to gamers later this year.)
In a show of total commitment to the unannounced RPG, n-Space has recruited top industry talent, including the director of Dragon Ageâ„¢: Origins and key contributors from the Neverwinter Nights© and Baldur's Gate© RPG series. The n-Space team has nearly two years of self-funded development invested into this title, their first independent game project. Utilizing both their vast experience creating high-profile game franchises and veteran creative talent with success in nearly every game genre, n-Space is driven to realize this new development initiative and is firmly committed to delivering an innovative and entertaining RPG in 2015.
Over its 21 years, Digital Extremes' history boasts a portfolio that includes co-creation of Epic Games' blockbuster Unreal® franchise, work on the BioShock® series, development of The Darkness II and now, the incredibly successful and consistently top 10 Steam game, Warframe®.
)Our contribution to n-Space's game is simple and straightforward. We're a developer that can successfully develop, self-publish and support an international hit. We proved as much with Warframe and its 14,000,000 players. We learned many valuable lessons along the way and now have the means and talent to help another independent developer achieve a level of success not possible with conventional publisher relationships. And so that's what we're doing,) said James Schmalz, CEO, Digital Extremes. (To support n-Space on this unannounced title and if you're a fan of RPGs, you're going to flip when you see it is a real privilege. Our company spent 20 years making games for other people. We stepped into the wild with Warframe and earned our success. Now we get to help others take those same steps.)
n-Space's RPG is scheduled to be announced on February 12, 2015. More details to be revealed then.
Since its inception 20 years ago, n-Space has been retained to work with some of the largest publishers and biggest licenses in a high-quality work for hire capacity. The Orlando-based studio is now poised to deliver a new level of innovative, top quality games without a traditional publishing partner. With strategic additions of top industry talent combined with its proven team of dedicated professionals, n-Space has experience spanning nearly every genre and on every gaming platform. A scrappy, creative, and tight-knit team, they are driven by their passion for creating memorable game experiences. This new project is the studio's first wholly owned game and marks n-Space's new independent development direction. www.n-space.com
ABOUT DIGITAL EXTREMES
Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world's top independent development studios in the interactive entertainment industry. The Canadian-based developer has a rich history in developing some of the industry's top first-person shooter and action games including co-creation of Epic Games' Unreal® franchise, Dark Sector®, The Darkness® II and work on the BioShock® series to name a few. Having developed its own proprietary technology, the Evolution Engineâ„¢, the studio currently develops and self-publishes the Free-to-Play action hit, Warframe® available now on PC, Steam, PS4â„¢ and Xbox One. For more information about Digital Extremes, visit the company website at: www.digitalextremes.com