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Production begins on Jennifer Wilde: The Ghost of Oscar Wilde

Outsider Games is partnering with comic book publisher Atomic Diner to adapt the best-selling and award-winning comic book Jennifer Wilde as a point & click adventure game; Jennifer Wilde: The Ghost of Oscar Wilde. 

Jennifer Wilde: The Ghost of Oscar Wilde received funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI. 

At the start of the Jazz Age in Paris in 1921, young French artist Jennifer Chevalier becomes embroiled in death, espionage and revolution which takes her across the three nations of France, England and Ireland – ably assisted by the ghost of Oscar Wilde. 

Jennifer believes the recent death of her father was no ‘accident’. Finding a chained locket in her father’s hotel, Jennifer attempts to use her childhood gift for talking to ghosts to call his spirit back. Unwittingly, the ghost recalled is that of Oscar Wilde, famous Irish playwright, whose affair with Jennifer’s father has bound his ghost to the locket. 

Jennifer and Oscar find themselves involved in schemes of murder, ghosts and intrigue as they attempt to solve Jennifer’s father’s murder, and develop a deep friendship along the way.

Developed by Outsider Games and the team behind Wailing Heights, Jennifer Wilde: The Ghost of Oscar Wildefeatures black and white, ink washed 2D graphics that perfectly capture the aesthetic of the original comic book. 

Jennifer Wilde’s script comes courtesy of original series author, Maura McHugh, whose writing credits include Mike Mignola’s Witchfinder comics, and Barron’s Twisted Myths and Twisted Fairy Tales. 

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Of Kings And Men launches

Green Man Gaming Publishing, Northern Ireland Screen and indie developers Donkey Crew are pleased to announce the launch of Of Kings And Men in Early Access on Steam today. The third-person multiplayer game, created in a bespoke engine, will start its early access with a focus on the combat system and key multiplayer modes including the ability to fight in battles with over 200 players.

Of Kings And Men is being created by indie developers Donkey Crew, previously known for their popular “cRPG” modification for Mount & Blade: Warband. The team are developing the medieval themed game in their own bespoke engine allowing them to create huge, stable multiplayer battles, as well as the customisation of characters from a choice of millions of combinations. The intuitive combat systems based on historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) fighters and medieval manuscripts captures the real spirit of melee fighting in a game.

“After 5 years of development, with all its ups and downs, today is both the most scary and amazing day for us – we can’t wait for everyone to experience it! We believe that Of Kings And Men will write its own history. If the community joins us now in this journey, they will forever be part of our very first era,” said Florian “chadz” Hofreither, Project Lead on Of Kings And Men, Donkey Crew.

“We are delighted to be working with Donkey Crew and Green Man Gaming on such an exciting and engaging project. The growth of the games industry is an important priority for us and Of Kings and Men is the type of ambitious game we want to attract to Northern Ireland. We are glad the Donkey Crew team have been able to make Northern Ireland their home during the development process and integrated themselves with an emerging group of local interactive content creators. Through Early Access we hope the public can see the potential in Of Kings and Men that we have believed in,” said Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen.

“We always knew from the first time we saw the early development of the game, that once built, it would be a unique and epic addition to the games industry. Of Kings and Men is being developed by a passionate team who are fully dedicated to working with their community to deliver a medieval game that is as close to real-life melee combat as possible. We hope that everyone follows them on this exciting journey whilst enjoying the game on the way!,” said Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming Publishing.

Of Kings And Men allows you to experience huge, player-driven battles like no other. Engage in massive combat with more than 200 players, capture territories, or practice your fighting skills in competitive matches with intuitive melee combat.

Throughout Early Access, Of Kings And Men will introduce strategic elements, allowing players to conquer and control the land by political, economic or military means. Send armies to protect your cities and invade enemy territories. Lead your troops into decisive orchestrated sieges against player-built fortifications that are fought with hundreds of friends and foes simultaneously. Every victory or defeat shapes history forever.

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MIP Skills Development Programme

Northern Ireland Screen intends to run a skills development programme to attend MIPJUNIOR and MIPCOM in Cannes from 14 October to 19 October 2016.

***The deadline for applications has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 22nd July (if you have previously submitted an application there is no need to reapply)***

The programme will provide a training opportunity for three children’s content developers or equivalent to experience the markets at MIP for the first time in 2016.

The aim is to encourage greater cross-collaboration between television and digital content development teams and to increase their ability to deliver content suited to the increasingly platform agnostic marketplace.

The programme will pay for the participants’ travel, accommodation and accreditation costs across two days of MIPJUNIOR and two days of MIPCOM in October 2016.

MIPJUNIOR is the world’s leading showcase for children’s and youth programming and runs for two days before MIPCOM in October which is the greatest gathering in TV & Media. It’s where the industry makes deals that will shape the future, from inspiring new projects to buying next season’s hits. Together, the entertainment community creates bridges across the diverse and expanding industry, united by a passion for TV, making new connections and unlocking new business opportunities.

Further information can be found on the Northern Ireland Screen website 

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Tranzfuser teams announced

Tranzfuser™, the innovative new talent development programme from UK Games Talent and Finance CIC (UKGTF) and funded by the UK government, has announced the winning teams taking part in this year’s competition across the UK Regional Hub network.

This is the first time a UK-wide talent programme has been linked directly to a prototype fund allowing new teams to benefit from grants and interaction with a host of other early stage games development companies.

Successful applicants will develop their ideas into working prototypes over the summer in a competition that culminates in a nationally recognized showcase event.

Northern Ireland Screen is the Regional Hub for NI and its successful teams are Pandara’s Box and Red Spear.

Successful applicants have been awarded a £5,000 budget paid in stages to replicate the real world for them to allocate to allowable costs throughout the 10-week long competition. At the showcase event later this year, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund (also operated by UKGTF) to commercialise their game and launch a company.

Other teams chosen can be found on UK Games Funds website. Find out more about information about Tranzfuser at www.tranzfuser.com

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Aim High Gaming trainees selected

 From left to right; Back row: Laura Robinson (Black Market), Colin McCusker (Inlifesize), Mark Skelton, Gareth Grey (Iglu Media), Benjamin Donoghue (Blackstaff Games), Timothy Cartright, Jonny Shields Front row: Chloe Gowdy, Stephen Downey (Outsider Games), William Barr (BillyGoat Entertainment), David Freebairn, Michael McDonald
From left to right; Back row: Laura Robinson (Black Market), Colin McCusker (Inlifesize), Mark Skelton, Gareth Grey (Iglu Media), Benjamin Donoghue (Blackstaff Games), Timothy Cartright, Jonny Shields Front row: Chloe Gowdy, Stephen Downey (Outsider Games), William Barr (BillyGoat Entertainment), David Freebairn, Michael McDonald

Yesterday marked the start of the first set of trainees to be selected by NI Screen and industry specialists for this 12 month pilot gaming traineeship. 

The Aim High Gaming scheme, created in partnership with BBC Northern Ireland, has been developed with the help of Northern Ireland game studios with the aim of developing the future leaders of the games industry in Northern Ireland. 

The six trainees, who were selected from the DEL Games Academy, will take part in a year paid industry traineeship completing various placements with different Northern Ireland game development companies, covering all aspects of the game development process.

This traineeship is the first of it’s kind in Northern Ireland for the gaming industry, and Games NI is delighted to welcome it’s first set of trainees to the scheme.