Midnight Star, the free-to-play online tablet shooter from Halo creator Alex Seropian’s Industrial Toys, will end its closed beta phase within the next few weeks. The game has also benefited from $5 million in funding, thanks to and investment from venture equity firm Accel Partners.
According to VentureBeat Accel Partners’ Vas Natarajan said the investment was made due to Seropian and Industrial Toys co-founder Tim Harris’s commitment to quality.
“They have a vision and focus on quality. They made their first product on a scrappy budget, but it is going to be very polished,” said Natarajan. “We have been humbled by our successes in gaming, [and] we are very active from a gaming perspective and saw the opportunity to take advantage of bringing core gamers into mobile gaming.
“It is an underserved market.”
Accel’s previously invested in companies such as Rovio, Playfish, Gameforge and Supercell among others.
Midnight Star is expected to go into open beta worldwide this summer, and the game’s prequel comic, Midnight Rises, will launch shortly before the game sometime during summer as well.