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Halo effect: Games guru uses Edinburgh firm’s software

Covert art for Morning Star Alpha, an interactive graphic novel made using software developed by Edinburgh-based firm RunRev

Covert art for Morning Star Alpha, an interactive graphic novel made using software developed by Edinburgh-based firm RunRev

  • by PETER RANSCOMBE
 

ONE of the creators of the £2 billion Halo games franchise is using software developed by an Edinburgh firm to create his latest title.

Alex Seropian, who was also head of games development at Disney Interactive, has used LiveCode – a simple-to-use programming language made by RunRev – to create an “interactive graphic novel” called Morning Star Alpha. Players will be able to read the graphic novel through a mobile phone app about a month before the full shoot-’em-up game, Morning Star 3D, is released by Seropian’s new company, Industrial Toys.

Kevin Miller, chief executive at RunRev, which he launched in 1997 while he was still a pupil at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh, said: “Alex Seropian has used LiveCode to create the graphic novel himself, rather than using a software engineer, which is a great endorsement.

“A quarter of the schools in Scotland are now signed up to use LiveCode, which will lead to more programmers using it in the future.”

 

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