Multi-award winning video games developer and publisher Wales Interactive, continue to capture the attention of the global game industry. The exceptionally talented team have announced new and exciting developments that demonstrate their passion, creativity and remarkable ambitions.
Earlier in May this year David Banner MBE and Richard Pring both co-owners and founders of Wales Interactive were awarded the Wales Technology Awards for “Best International Impact Software Company”. Based in Bridgend, Wales Interactive create games for all the leading gaming platforms including PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch as well as the latest virtual reality headsets. Having released 25 titles to date, they’ve sold over 2 million games in the process. Along with their own titles they have evolved into an Independent Game Publishing Label collaborating with some of the most talented video games developers from across the globe to help bring their original creations to new platforms.
“We are and always will be, Indie developers at heart”
Since the awards, the ESTnet have been in contact with David to hear about their most recent and very exciting announcements.
Firstly, a terrific achievement, as their ground breaking interactive movie crime thriller ‘Late Shift’ was winner of the BAFTA Cymru Award 2018 for Best Game. The first Interactive film/FMV (full motion video) to ever win one.
Wales Interactive have recently announced their latest first-person survival horror called ‘Maid of Sker’. Through stunning 4k visuals, the game is based on a true story from 18th Century Wales, of Elizabeth Williams who was imprisoned by her father at Sker Hotel in Porthcawl and is said to have died of a broken heart.
Launching 6th November, Wales Interactives latest FMV title builds on the success of the previous three FMV releases, ‘The Shapeshifting Detective’. A supernatural-noir murder mystery, on Steam (PC & Mac), Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
The team comprises of ten talented individuals whose creativity and forward thinking ideas have influenced multiple other organisations around the world.
David elucidates ‘’our success is as a result of not being tribal and hiding our homework mentality, but by being open to cross collaboration with likeminded industry people from all over the world. This has been a big part of our continued success.”
Their hospitable working mentality has steered Wales Interactive to have worked in collaboration with game and films companies in many countries. Everywhere form Cardiff based Red and Black films in Wales, to countries including America, Switzerland, Vietnam and Solvakia.
“We are a proud Welsh company whose titles have been sold and downloaded all over the world and we are delighted to be part of the global games industry.”
We asked Richard about his future direction, especially with filmmakers for FMV titles, he replied;
“We’ve become known internationally in the game industry for one of the companies leading the revival of the FMV/Interactive Movie genre and we’ve had a lot of success selling over a million these titles in the process. It’s definitely an area we’ll be focusing on and we are working an array of film writing and production talent from all over the world from Hollywood to Haverford West so watch this space!”
There seems to be no limit to what this Wales Interactive can achieve with a small yet dynamic team. The ESTnet are very proud to be working an innovative global collaborator and look forward to following their work in the near future.