EA Sports Tiburon Veterans Form Pixel Foundry, Announce First Game for PC
Two former developers with EA Sports’ Tiburon studio have departed to start their own venture, and the very first thing they’ve done is announce a strategy title coming to PC later this year.
The studio is called Pixel Foundry, founded by Volga Aksoy and Jerry Phaneuf, and their game is called BlackSpace. You can check out a bit of a weird teaser for it below — which seems to be more a graphical test than an actual trailer, so judge it accordingly. But the concept of the game sounds appealing.
According to Pixel Foundry’s website:
BlackSpace is a unique form of real-time strategy, combining elements of action with an emphasis on economic and defensive efficiency. Players will find themselves on the outskirts of explored space, harvesting minerals, and supplying markets, while using the resources around them to sustain their operations as well as the lives of the colonist workers.
The game takes place on X class asteroids, players will control both surface and orbital operations with the use of a specialized low gravity operation support vehicle. The vehicle controls take skill to maneuver safely, but once mastered, it becomes an extension of the players hand, commanding base operations, pilot drilling dig sites, prospecting large and unusual mineral deposits, and if need be, supporting the base’s defense.
Sounds like there’s a lot of potential there. The site also says the game space surrounds each asteroid and extends into orbit, which suggests you’ll have lots of space to work with and planning to do with your bases, as well as stuff like orbital platforms and satellites.
Pixel Foundry said in a press release to VG247 that it hopes to get the game community highly involved in the whole process of the development of BlackSpace, with features and information being released incrementally throughout the year in order to gather feedback. The developer also intends to update a blog about the game on its site, which you can check out right here.