Ambient Studios, the Guildford-based developer of Death Inc. and Monster Meltdown, has shut down.
The sixth batch of games to get greenlit on Steam Greenlight have been announced today and there's some pretty good-looking titles in its ranks.
Shovel Knight, the retro platformer by the former WayForward staff at Yacht Club Games has been accepted, as has the bubonic plague-themed RTS Death, Inc by some ex-Media Molecule staff (despite its failed Kickstarter). Fan-favourite adventure series The Longest Journey will be coming to Valve's popular distribution portal as well with Dreamfall Chapters.
The full list of games and software to be accepted is as follows:
Death Inc., the PC RTS whose Kickstarter failed earlier this year, is back from the dead.
Last night the Kickstarter for Death Inc., the strategy game from Ambient Studios, failed having made £122,711 of its £300,000 goal. But today the developer released a different game: iPad puzzle title Monster Meltdown.
A prototype of strategy game Death Inc., currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, has been released.
The former Media Molecule staff at Ambient Studios have revealed 11 minutes of gameplay from the prototype of its upcoming RTS/god game about the bubonic plague, Death, Inc.
This video may not have completed art (though the screenshots reveal the final look of the game), but it gives off a good feel for the game's basic mechanics. You'll make brush strokes to command your ravenous infected and sic them on the unsuspecting populace. The game will feature physics, too, and you'll have to use a certain amount of units to push a crank to open a gate. Due to the accessible control scheme, you'll need only draw a clockwise trail around a crank for your units to turn it, while in some cases you'll want them to do the opposite to provide protection. Sometimes the gates will close if the crank isn't being perpetually turned, so you'll have to multitask and send some infected on crank duties while others go around spreading death and disease.
The whole thing looks a lot more like Pikmin than I would have figured, but Ambient hasn't revealed how the game's business-sim side will work.
11 developers from Media Molecule, Lionhead, and Criterion have formed the indie outfit Ambient Studios in Guildford, where it's debuted its maiden project Death, Inc. on Kickstarter.
Former LittleBigPlanet developers have turned to Kickstarter to raise money for a new, quirky strategy game called Death Inc.