Beartrap game picked to appear at Tokyo showcase

The Tokyo Game Show kicks off this week. Picture: Getty Images
The Tokyo Game Show kicks off this week. Picture: Getty Images
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VIDEO game developer Beartrap Games is looking for a sales boost after its flagship title was selected to be showcased at the prestigious Tokyo Game Show, which kicks off this week.

The Dundee-based firm is one of 68 studios to secure a place at the event’s Indie Game Area, out of 310 developers that applied, and technical director Gordon McLean said the news had come as “a bit of surprise”.

He added: “The Asian market for smartphone games is absolutely massive, so to be at the Tokyo Game Show is great for us. We’re working with a publisher that knows the market and how to tweak our game to suit players there.”

Although the Beartrap team will not be making the trip to Tokyo, its publisher Chorus Worldwide will be on hand to show off the game, a “strategic” shooter called Sky Patrol that has been backed by the App Campus scheme run by Microsoft and Finland’s Aalto University.

Chorus chief Shintaro Kanaoya said: “The selection panel received over 300 entries and Sky Patrol was one of the select few chosen. This highlights the quality of the game, and also the increasing acceptance of Western-developed titles to the world’s largest mobile gaming market.”

Launched last month for the Windows Phone platform, the game is also due to be released for Apple and Android devices in November.

McLean said Beartrap was also hoping to appear at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March, where the studio plans to exhibit its next title, a platform game called Ugg! Find Fire that features a caveman tasked with returning a blazing torch to his tribe.