Award Winning Mobile Game Illustrates the Growing Influence of Indie Studios
As the computer gaming space evolves, new technologies and platforms continue to democratize the industry. This leveling playing field is allowing smaller independent studios to compete more effectively with larger, more traditional gaming companies like Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Ubisoft. And as these behemoth companies spend more resources on mobile gaming, the smaller indie studios are even better positioned to compete. A very recent example of this is Doomwheel. Released by Katsu Entertainment on August 28th, Doomwheel won the top prize at the East Coast Gaming Conference for Indie Studios 2017. It was also a finalist at Casual Connect 2017.
The Skaven underworld is a rat’s nest of deceit, danger, and backstabbing. As an up-and-coming warlock enginseer of clan Skryre, your only goal is to rise through the ranks of the ratmen by building the ultimate engine of destruction: the fastest and most powerful Doomwheel ever made! Powered by scampering rats and hallucinogenic warpstone, the Doomwheel embodies the sheer inhuman ingenuity of the Skaven race: an enormous iron-reinforced wheel, outfitted with spikes, blades, and blasting powerful bolts of lethal warp lightning as it crushes all in its path: enemies, or the least fortunate of your allies. Pilot your Doomwheel as it rattles through the battlefield at breakneck speeds in this fast-paced infinite arcade adventure. Dwarves got you down? Doomwheel. Rival clans done you wrong? Doomwheel. Goblin grief? Doomwheel. Shatter, skewer, shock and bounce foes of all shapes, sizes, and races as you claw out territory for yourself across the Old World. Develop a newer, deadlier, Doomwheel in your workshop while fending off the vengeful plots of your backstabbing rivals.
Katsu Entertainment is an independent digital entertainment development shop based in Cary, North Carolina and owned by Stephane Imbertand Anthony Marinello. Their core team consists of long-time games industry veterans who have been a part of big hits across multiple platforms, genres, and hardware generations. From AAA console games to top-10 grossing casual mobile titles, their team members have been there, producing games played by tens of millions of players worldwide.
Phil Bartos is President and CEO of NarraSoft, an offshore outsourcing company based in Cary, NC. It’s 60-person software development, mobile development and 3D digital art/animation studio is based in Metro Manila. NarraSoft has been in operation since 2009. Phil can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org