PS3 Attitude’s Top 100 Developers – Wrap-up
It’s been a busy ten weeks here at PS3 Attitude. It is easy to forget just how many great developers are out there, so our intention with this feature was to take the time to thank them for their dedication to the videogame industry.
Not to blow our own trumpets but, judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction from both our readers and the developers themselves, we think we succeeded. To kick off, Nina Kristensen, Chief Development Ninja and co-founder of Ninja Theory said:
“We’re delighted to be included in the top 100 developers. This is a real testament to all of the Ninjas in the studio and our loyal fans.”
That it is, Nina, but with Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, there was never any question of not including Ninja Theory on our list. The Cambridge-based studio is hard at work on DLC for their recent release, and if you ask us more Enslaved is a very good thing.
Another development team that contacted us is Black Rock Studio, the company behind the incredible PS3 racers, Pure and Split/Second. VP, GM and co-founder of Black Rock, Tony Beckwith, had the following to say:
“We’re totally thrilled that Black Rock was included in PS3 Attitude’s Top 100 Developers list for 2010. We are very proud of Pure and Split/Second and we will continue to push for excellence in everything we do.”
Both of the studio’s current PS3 titles had fantastic visuals and addictive gameplay, which is a winning formula for any videogame. Like Ninja Theory, Black Rock is currently working on DLC for their latest game, Split/Second, so we look forward to their next major release, whatever it may be.
The above developers are both from the UK, but our list includes talented studios from all over the world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States has the most, with a massive thirty-four of our one hundred developers headquartered there.
One of these studios is PopCap Games, the masterminds behind the awesome puzzle titles Bejeweled 2, Zuma and Peggle, all of which are available on the PlayStation Network. Ed Allard, Vice President of Strategic Development at PopCap told us:
“We’re very gratified to be included among the top 100 PS3 developers and have really only just begun the long-range plan of bringing our top franchises to PSN/PS3. The best is yet to come!”
All we can say is that if Bejeweled and Peggle are just the beginning, then we’re extremely excited. Although we do have to say that the absence of Plants vs. Zombies on PSN is making us sad. Can you live with that PopCap? Can you?!
Next, twenty-two of our developers are based in Japan, and the United Kingdom has twenty-one, followed by Canada with nine. One of the latter is Vancouver-based Hothead Games, the creators of DeathSpank. Vlad Ceraldi, Director of Development and co-founder of Hothead said the following:
“Sony is doing a great job of improving their platform and making their online store make sense for big publishers and indies alike. We appreciate that gamers on the PS3 support a broad range of genres and game creators can have success with new and riskier ideas. We love the support gamers have given us with our Penny Arcade, Braid and Deathspank games and can’t wait until they can try our latest, Swarm.”
There’s no doubt that the PlayStation Network has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, which is great news to independent developers such as Hothead. Vlad also mentioned their upcoming title, Swarm, which we’re very much looking forward to playing next year.
After that, Finland, France and Sweden are each home to two of our developers, and Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain all have one each; gaming truly is an international pastime.
One of the many European developers on our list is Stockholm-based Avalanche Studios, the creators of the Just Cause series. Just Cause 2 is their only PS3 release to date, but what a game it is; Christofer Sundberg, the CEO, Creative Director and co-founder of Avalanche, seemed almost surprised to be included:
“Being listed as one of the top 100 developers in the world was really great news and we are very proud that we could stand out in the competition. Having only released one PS3 game so far, there is still much work to be done and being one of the developers on this list is very encouraging. I was also encouraged to read that PS3 Attitude gives 100% of their revenue to charity, something that is very rare in the games industry.”
Well, we try, Christofer, we try. Seriously though, Just Cause 2 is one of the most entertaining sandbox games we’ve ever played; the title has just been made part of the PS3’s Platinum range in Europe, so there’s no excuse not to try it out if you haven’t done so already.
To date, our favourite developers have created a collective total of well over three hundred games within a hundred franchises for the PlayStation 3, but let’s take a moment to look to the future. Lauri Hyvärinen, CEO and co-founder of Frozenbyte, contacted us to say:
“Being in the Top 100 Developers list is a great honour. It’s a testament to our philosophy of creating awesome games, and that’s something that we’ll continue with Trine 2 and future games. PS3 gamers have a lot to look forward to from us in 2011 and 2012!”
We know that Trine 2 is coming next year, but Lauri’s mention of 2012 has got us pretty intrigued. We don’t know whether this is Trine-related or something else entirely, but it’s got us excited either way. Let the speculation commence!
Another developer that was keen for us to look to the future just as much as their currently released games is Traveller’s Tales. Upon hearing the news of Traveller’s Tales’ inclusion on our list, Jonathan Smith, Head of Production at TT Games said:
“Gosh, thanks! We’re delighted to be included on your list – a testament to the hard work and talent of everyone at Traveller’s Tales. We have exciting plans for next year, too. Look for more great new LEGO games soon!”
The only confirmed upcoming Lego game is Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, but Jonathan’s mention of ‘games’ suggests there are more. We’d bet money that Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is in the works, and a Lego Toy Story game probably isn’t out of the question either.
And now, that really is it.
This is officially the end of PS3 Attitude’s Top 100 Developers series. It’s been great fun putting this list together, so we hope you’ve enjoyed reading it! Developing a game can often be a thankless task, so hopefully we’ve succeeded in giving something back to the studios that make our mundane lives just that little bit more entertaining.
Just one last thing…
In case you missed them, or just want to remind yourself of our full Top 100 Developers list, here are links to all ten previous articles in the series: