Spicy Horse Art Director Ken Wong has been mentioned on an art supply website called “PaperStreet Supplies“. Seems if you’re wanting to learn more about Ken while shopping for art products, this is the place to go. Alternately, you could visit Ken’s personal site for a similar experience without the shopping.
Today we’re going to try something a little different: Pitching a video game concept!
Traditionally when I’ve pitched game concepts the process involved face-to-face meetings with potential publishers, use of our agents (CAA) back in Los Angeles, and lots of traveling. Well, I’m getting old, China is FAR from the rest of the world, and the Internet can do a lot of amazing things, so here’s a game pitch for the next generation:
Announcing “BaiJiu Racer” – An MMO-lite racing game concept with China as the core theme. The concept has been in focused pre-production for the past three months here at Spicy Horse. Working with our Chinese publishing partner ICEE we’ve crafted a solid Game Design Document, Technical Design Document, Art Bible, Visual Target Demo, and Development Plan. Together these materials constitute a compelling pitch for a title we think will be a strong competitor in the worldwide, lite-MMO, online racing category (think “Kart Racer”).
A lot of teams dream of a “Mario Cart” or “KartRider” killer – and we think our concept goes a long ways towards being a viable contender. For one, it’s the first Chinese cart racing game developed with an authentic and original Chinese art style, set in real-world locations, and featuring some of the funkiest racing vehicle designs the world has ever seen (inspiration coming from actual Chinese vehicles). We’re focusing on semi-realistic (and fun) physics-based racing dynamic, going light on the power-ups, and throwing in a lot of visual action. Check out the art and video to see the result.
A few key features and differentiators:
* Distinctive art style featuring a timeless portrayal of everyday Chinese people and locations
* A clean and clear graphic style for UI
* Core gameplay focused on skill-based racing, avoiding fun-killing power-ups
* Strong narrative backbone and emotional drama – “everyone can be a hero”
* Unique and interesting vehicle designs based on real-life Chinese vehicles
* Track locations that reveal a China few foreigners have seen
* Risk reduction in production through use of 3rd-party tools and engine (UE3)
* A fast and efficient project schedule built on Spicy’s proven development processes
Our Chinese publishing partner ICEE has a lock on the publishing rights in China. What we’re looking for now is a publisher interested in the remaining world-wide rights. We might also be open to territory specific deals with the right partners.
To learn more about BaiJiu Racer and what’s on offer, you can do the following:
Visit my Flickr Account to view a collection of concept artwork related to the project.
Visit my YouTube Channel to watch a video of sample game play, primarily intended to show the art style working in-engine.
Finally, email me to request information (GDD, TDD, budget, schedule, etc) relevant to deciding if the publishing rights are a fit for you.
Spicy Horse has established itself as one of the strongest independent game developers in China. Following the success of Grimm we’re growing and expanding to leverage our core talents, process oriented development methods, and inspirational location. If you’re interested in learning more about the studio, our capabilities, and our ideas, let me know!
I read on Video Game News this morning that GameTap is adding a ton of cool new titles to their service – these coming from THQ. The article provides full details:
GameTap announced today the signing of a partnership with THQ. This deal will give the broadband entertainment network company access to THQ’s PC titles for digital download, with certain titles available for free play on GameTap’s ad-supported website. The titles included in this agreement include Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander, Titan Quest, Saints Row 2, PuzzleQuest and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl.
To read more about these exciting additions, head over the Video Game News.
GameTap’s quality, offering, and profile is certainly increasing day by day. And with only 6 days until the launch of Grimm, these could prove to be momentous times for the innovative service. As I’ve said before, I think gamers and game developers alike have many reasons to applaud and support digital download publishers like GT.
We here at Spicy Horse feel a huge amount of gratitude for GameTap (and Ricardo Sanchez in particular) for breathing life into our studio. The Grimm development has given us a chance to not only build a cool game, but to establish a first-class studio in China. Only a few more days… and we’ll see if all our hard work and creativity pays off. Hope you’ll join us in finding out. Be sure to check out the Spicy Horse Grimm Site and official GameTap Grimm Site for more information and news!
Two awesome websites go live today: The Official GameTap “American McGee’s Grimm” site, and the Spicy Horse Games’ “Grimm” site. Both websites feature schedules for upcoming episodes, download-able content, and information on how to purchase the game. These websites will update weekly, keeping track of weekly episode releases, community events, and more.