A FORMER Sony Computer Entertainment games developer has launched a new studio in Scotland which is already planning to release its first title in the summer.
Canadian Pete Low, who has worked on big-selling titles including Scarface: The World is Yours for Playstation and Disney and Pixar’s Monsters Inc, has set up Rhizome Games in Glasgow and brought game programmer Shaun Campbell and artist Tom Gane on board. The three have previously worked together at interactive entertainment firm Chunk in Glasgow.
Low said it was an exciting time to be an independent developer with the technical barriers to producing new games coming down all the time. “There are a lot of very good games development tools out there and the costs in terms of licence fees have reduced significantly in recent years which makes it easier for small studios to set up.”
Low said the ability to use relatively cheap or free software tools to help with much of the technical aspects of developing games frees up time to spend on the creative side of the game.
Rhizome Games’ first release for PC and Apple platforms is planned for summer but the firm, based in the Whisky Bond building by the Forth and Clyde canal in Glasgow, is staying tight-lipped on the name. Low is currently in discussions with Scottish Enterprise to look at attracting expansion backing for his fledgling venture. “I have been impressed with what is out there in terms of grants and R&D support for the games industry,” he said.