11 May 2018
Over $550,000 in funding will help bring Victoria’s latest games to life and to screens across the globe.
The latest round of funding was announced through Film Victoria’s Assigned Production Investment – Games and Games Release programs, which support local studios to create games prototypes through to full-scale games and to release their games on the world market.
Seven of the nine supported projects are in the development phase. These projects will provide close to 50 employment opportunities in the games sector and generate $1.29 million for the state.
In recognition that close to half of all game players are women, the latest round showed a marked rise in female-led projects that are being developed primarily for a female audience.
Melbourne-based studio Lumi Consulting has received support to develop an explorative adventure game tentatively titled Faraway Tea, while GeeIz will develop Intergalactic Space Princess – which follows the adventures of a teenage girl who falls into another dimension where she is mistaken for a princess.
Clara Reeves received support to develop an as-yet untitled narrative game and funding to indie studio League of Geeks will support the creation of a new game built around a collection of strong women characters.
Route 59 also received support to develop Necrobarista an anime-style ‘visual novel’ set in a supernatural Melbourne café.
The round will also support Paper House to release Paperbark, a playful story of a wombat exploring the Australian bush, while Grease Monkey Games received support to launch the AAA-quality mobile game Torque Drift, which features female stars of motor racing alongside their male counterparts.