Established video game developer Idol Minds, a studio with over 20 years of experience, today announced that it has re-branded to become Deck Nine Games.
Predominantly a PlayStation developer, during its 20 years as Idol Minds, the Colorado-based studio created games for the majority of PlayStation’s family of consoles including a PS3 port of Ratchet & Clank Collection in 2012, Ratchet: Deadlocked (HD 2013), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) and a host of other titles dating back to the original PlayStation.
The studio cites a complete shift in direction to focus on the creation of narrative-driven titles as a primary reason for its re-brand and has already signed a partnership deal with an unknown AAA publisher for its next game.
Of the many new changes, Deck Nine Games welcomes a large influx of talent from the film, TV and video game industry, alongside a unique world-class proprietary toolset lead. This toolset known as StoryForge, is the combination of 3 years continuous development and provides “unparalleled freedom for Deck Nine’s writers, directors and cinematic artists to focus on telling great stories“.
Mark Lyons, President and CTO at Deck Nine: “The studio has been focused on the creation of StoryForge for the last three years. We built StoryForge to give our writers, directors and cinematic artists and give them the tools they need to make deep, interactive, great looking games. We can’t wait to show what we have created with it.”
Deck Nine Games is said to be deep in development on its first title, a brand new addition to a critically acclaimed franchise and plans to reveal more about this narrative adventure game at E3 in June.
“We’ve invested heavily in our staff of incredibly talented developers and in creating some truly remarkable tools. Our game will be announced at E3 this year where you’ll be able to see our efforts for yourself,” said Jeff Litchford, Vice President at Deck Nine.
Idol Minds last significant PlayStation project, a collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment to co-develop, medieval fantasy RPG, Warrior’s Lair, was subsequently cancelled after the latter pulled the plug on the game, which was expected to be sold as a combined package on PS3 and PS Vita.