Xbox co-creator brings together Atari ‘dream team’ for mobile gaming startup

| February 19, 2012

A newly come mobile gaming startup that’s to this time to release a single game isn’t the class of thing we’d normally envelop ’round here, but the story at the back of Los Angeles-based Innovative Leisure is anything but that ordinary. The man behind the companionship is the co-creator of the Xbox, Seamus Blackley, and he’s brought through him eleven industry veterans that he calls “the dream team from Atari,” including the likes of Van Burnham, Ed Logg, Rich Adam, Tim Skelly, Owen Rubin, and Ed Rotberg. While those names may not have existence familiar to everyone, you’ll firmly recognize some of the games they were accountable for: Asteroids, Centipede, Gauntlet, Missile Command, Battlezone, S.T.U.N. Runner, Major Havoc and Space Duel, to denominate a few.

Speaking with VentureBeat, Blackley describes expressive devices as “the new arcade” and 99 cent games at the same time that the “new quarter,” adding that he’s aiming to infer on where Atari left off, “focusing without ceasing innovation in gameplay.” To help with that, the company has secured backing from THQ, what one. has reportedly agreed to an first letter slate of ten games, seven of what one. are now in development (with barely the iPhone and iPad mentioned considered in the state of supported platforms so far). Unfortunately, distinct parts remain light beyond that, with Blackley only offering late summer or fall viewed like an estimated release date for the primitive titles. In the meantime, you have power to find more of the backstory at the links underneath (THQ’s press release can too be found after the break).

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THQ Announces Strategic Agreement by New Digital Developer Innovative Leisure

Development Studio Featuring Legendary Games Industry Talent Collaborating through THQ to Create Digital Games

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–THQ (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced a strategic agreement through digital development studio Innovative Leisure, a just discovered company formed by games industry veterans. The agreement power of choosing focus on creating and publishing digital games suitable through digital and mobile platforms. The agreement gives THQ the in accordance with duty to publish multiple Innovative Leisure titles starting in 2012.

Innovative Leisure comprises games labor icons with experience on some of the assiduity’s biggest games through its recital. The team includes Seamus Blackley (“creator of the Xbox”), Van Burnham (Supercade), Ed Logg (Asteroids, Centipede, Gauntlet), Rich Adam (Missile Command, Gravitar, PGA Tour Golf), Tim Skelly (Rip Off, Star Castle, Reactor), Owen Rubin (Major Havoc, Space Duel), and Ed Rotberg (Battlezone, S.T.U.N. Runner, Steel Talons). The team’s actual presentation designing and developing highly popular spike-up-and-play gameplay mechanics will be leveraged to innovate and repeat brand-new, modern games on changeable, social and downloadable platforms.

“We are for aye looking to work with the in the highest degree creative talent in the video games industry and we feel this relationship through Innovative Leisure reinforces our goal,” uttered Danny Bilson, executive vice president, Core Games, THQ. “We are committed to delivering creative games through digital arrangement and Innovative Leisure has the expertise to extricate remarkable and cutting edge games since a new generation.”

“It’s a persons of rank honor (and a lot of merriment) to get the opportunity to work with so many of the designers accountable for the gameplay mechanics that mould the basis of our whole pervading substance,” said Seamus Blackley, President of Innovative Leisure. “We’re excited hither and thither getting to make and release a lump of awesome games.”

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a capital worldwide developer and publisher of interactive amusement software. The company develops its products in the place of all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices and the Internet. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells consequence through its global network of offices located through every part of North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More accusation about THQ and its products may subsist found at THQ and its logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Innovative Leisure

Innovative Leisure, LLC, is a fearless development studio in Los Angeles, California, that specializes in story mechanics and designs for mobile, communicative, and casual platforms.


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