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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stage 2 Studios Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal with Lace Mamba Global for New Indie Video Game "Lifeless Planet"

PALMER, ALASKA — Stage 2 Studios, LLC today announced an agreement with UK-based adventure game publisher Lace Mamba Global for worldwide retail and digital distribution of “Lifeless Planet,” an upcoming action-adventure by David Board.

Lifeless Planet recently captured the attention of the gaming community through a successful crowd-funding campaign at which surpassed 200% of its funding goal. In addition, the game project garnered 625 pre-orders, making it the most popular action-adventure game of all time on Kickstarter.

“We’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the support this project has received.” Said Mr. Board. “Now with our publishing deal with Lace Mamba we’re pleased that so many more people will have access to this exciting and unique gaming experience.”

According to Board, “The goal of the game is to put the ‘adventure’ back into ‘action-adventure.’ When I began working on this project, I set out to produce a game that would capture a sense of excitement and discovery that I believe has been largely missing from gaming recently.”

Lifeless Planet is a third-person cinematic sci-fi action-adventure. The game is slated for release on PC and Mac by the end of 2012.

20 Light-Years From Earth...Russia is Winning the Space Race

Inspired by the recent discovery of possible Earth-like planets outside our solar system, Lifeless Planet will give players the chance to undertake a mission to one of these distant worlds. However, they will soon find the planet is not a “new Earth” but instead is a barren wasteland. Exploring the inhospitable world and searching for answers leads to an even more puzzling discovery: an abandoned Cold-War era Soviet laboratory. Is this really an extra-solar planet, or was this mission just a hoax?

Before the astronaut protagonist can uncover the truth, he finds himself struggling to survive in the face of a dark and deadly presence. When a mysterious young woman appears and saves his life, he must put aside his skepticism and follow her...or die!



About Stage 2 Studios:

David Board is a partner at Stage 2 Studios which specializes in creating innovative media that inspires audiences and ignites growth. David is an experienced interactive designer and is passionate about finding unique ways to combine truly entertaining media with content that educates and inspires. Stage 2 is based near Anchorage, Alaska and has recently expanded to Denver, Colorado. The firm has earned a reputation for producing exciting and powerful video and interactive media for nonprofit and educational clients. Lifeless Planet is the first full video game title by the independent studio.

About Lace Mamba Global:

Lace Mamba Global Ltd. (LMG), one of the UK's leading independent computer and video game publishers, is a partnership between Mamba Games and the UK's leading DVD distribution company, Lace Group. With a solid distribution network throughout the world and specializing in releases in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and various countries in the Gulf region, Lace Mamba Global is publishing games of all genres. Recent releases include the FPS Red Orchestra 2 – Heroes of Stalingrad, RTS games of the critically acclaimed Men of War series, Men of War: Assault Squad and Men of War: Vietnam, and the independently developed platforming smash hit Super Meat Boy. Lace Mamba Global is one of the leading publishers of adventure games with already released or upcoming genre highlights such as Tales of Monkey Island™, Gray Matter, The Book of Unwritten Tales, Black Mirror 2 and 3 and A New Beginning. Lace Mamba Global furthermore specializes in publishing unique, extensive special and collector’s editions to support retail releases. Lace Mamba Global is the ideal partner for independent developers that want their product delivered to a worldwide audience both in retail and digital form.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Facebook Page and Twitter Feed

Hi again! Just wanted to note we have a new Lifeless Planet Facebook page:

And you can now follow us on Twitter as well:!/LifelessPlanet

Progress Update

Been a while since I've posted so thought I'd update everyone on progress. This past month was extremely productive and last weekend I was able to get a private/exclusive test level out to my Kickstarter beta-testers. This is technically not a beta in the strict sense as we're really pre-alpha still (alpha in game-industry-speak means the game is playable start to finish, but without polish or refinements...beta means we think it's basically done and just need to check for errors). The test level includes many/most major gameplay elements as well as a first look at some of the visuals. There are many improvements to come, but it was time to get some feedback from others.

This was a scary but exciting an artist/designer it's always tough to put your work out there for criticism. However, the comments have been very constructive. I'm extremely glad for the Kickstarter project for this reason: it's allowing me to connect with and get feedback from real live gamers. This is invaluable information as I dig deep into the remaining levels.

After working on the same "red" level for so long, I'm excited to be turning to some of the other settings. I'm shooting for diversity in terms of the environments so hopefully soon I'll be able to share some new screens showing off some of the other areas.