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Revolution Pocket formed, Beneath a Steel Sky first up

Thursday, 30th July 2009 08:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Revolution’s announced a new division, Revolution Pocket, that’ll focus on, unsurprisingly, handheld games.

Point and click classic Beneath a Steel Sky is the outfit’s first project, to be released to the App Store this autumn.

iPhone, iPod touch, Android, PSP Go and DSi will all be furnished by the new studio.

Eurogamer’s got a Beneath a Steel Sky preview up. PR’s after the break.

*A Revolution in pocket gaming
Acclaimed York-based developer to enter digital download market with original and classic titles available for iPhone, iPod touch, Android, PSP Go and other online stores

30th July 209: Acclaimed developer Revolution Software has announced a new division dedicated to creating and publishing narrative-based handheld entertainment specifically for formats which support online and over-the-air digital distribution.
Titled ‘Revolution Pocket’, this division aims to develop and release both new and classic titles from Revolution Software, designed to take advantage of the unique gaming capabilities of modern handhelds such as iPhone, iPod touch, Android, PSP Go, DSi Shop and others.
Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered is the first title being developed by the division. Launching initially for iPhone and iPod touch and then rolling out across other handheld formats, this renewed and revamped take on the classic home computer adventure game introduces new features which will establish the game as the definitive adventure for a whole new ‘touch’ generation.
The game builds on the original, featuring stunning new animated movies from Dave Gibbons, co-creator of Watchmen. As well as a new context-sensitive help system, tailored to both the novice and the seasoned adventure player, the game now boasts higher quality audio than ever before.
“The adventure genre is undergoing a renaissance, and we’re thrilled to be bringing a revamped and remastered version of this classic adventure to a whole new audience,” says Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software. Digital distribution has changed the game for developers, and it’s great to be able to communicate directly with our audience. Revolution has a sizeable, passionate fan base which we value enormously. By tackling development and publishing duties ourselves, we can strengthen our relationship with them and retain complete commercial and creative freedom – not just in terms of content, but in terms of distribution and, crucially, pricing. The model allows us to ensure that our games offer incredible value for money. We’re bringing high-quality, intelligent, narrative-based gaming to a whole new platform – some owners of which will have enjoyed the games before, and others who will be experiencing our titles for the very first time – and that’s something I find tremendously exciting.
“Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered is just the start of what we want to do. We’ll be announcing more Revolution Pocket titles soon – some of which people will recognise, others which will be wholly original. But our aim with whatever title we release is to ensure we offer a different type of game to those currently available, illustrating that modern handheld games don’t have to be disposable – they can be engrossing, entertaining and intelligent.”
Revolution Pocket aims to release Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered through the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch during Autumn 2009, pricing to be announced.
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8 Comments

  1. Blerk

    BASS was great. I might play it again once I’m done with Monkey Island.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Ghost_Dog

    Probably worth reminding people that this game is freeware and available at http://www.scummvm.org

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Michael O'Connor

    “Probably worth reminding people that this game is freeware and available at http://www.scummvm.org

    Yeah, because that’s gonna help the company make money and reinvest funds in new projects and a potential sequel.

    I have to say, I’m impressed with Revolutions longevity. How the hell are they making money right now?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

    I think they’re basically down to a skeleton staff, based on info received from my ‘insider’.

    Pimping the freeware version isn’t going to harm sales of this one any, surely? Does SCUMMVM even work on an iPhone?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Michael O'Connor

    Yeah, there’s an iPhone version of ScummVM, but you have to jailbreak your phone for it.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    I loved this game. One of the classics.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. mart

    YeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEESSSS.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Ghost_Dog

    @ Michael O’Connor

    I’m not telling people to go out and pirate it. The game is freeware, so if people want it then it is there.

    I wasn’t insisting people use it on their iPhone’s or PSP’s and some people might not have a portable device capable of playing it.

    #8 5 years ago

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