2011, The Year of CREATURES return!
From 1996 to 2001, those lovely felines have entertained over 2 million of you on PC, Playstation and handheld formats. Many awards have been won and a major global game franchise established.
10 years on, Fishing Cactus the Mons, Belgium based developer, Bigben, the Publisher and Gameware the IP rights owner are set to deliver a brand new game based on this incredible license.
The approach will be to maintain the characteristics and integrity of the earlier games. The new opus will be free-to-play and available on PC/Mac and iOS platforms - iPod, iPhone and iPad. A collector gift box full of surprises will also be created.
Benoît Clerc, Head of Software Group, Bigben Interactive : « We are very pleased and proud to participate to the rebirth of such a precursor of the videogame’s history, a title which become mythical and has left its mark on many gamers. This new opus, in Free to Play for PC and iOS, keeps all mechanisms of its distinguished predecessors and will gather new genuine gaming principles which will certainly seduce everyone».
Jeremy Cooke, CEO - Gameware : « Gameware is delighted by the vision that BIGBEN have demonstrated in updating the CREATURES game franchise for the Creatures community and socially engaged consumers alike. Both old and new fans are just going to love the new CREATURES. »
Bruno Hurbain, Studio Manager Fishing Cactus : “As huge fans of the original games in the series, we are thrilled to be working on bringing it back to today’s audience. We are determined to create a new great Creatures chapter, both modern and respectful of what made it the best virtual life game in the first place.”
What is Creatures All About?
Creatures models real biological systems inside your computer. They come complete with their own biochemistry, brains, digital DNA, and an environment in which to live.
None of the behavior you see has been specifically programmed. The Creatures make their own choices, and learn from their mistakes. You guide them through their lives, helping them through the bad patches and enjoying the good times. When they become adults, your Creatures can mate, and their children have their own unique genetic material.
The possibilities are boundless. Everything from their poses to the individual chemical reactions inside their bloodstream are genetically specified. Who knows? A tenth generation creature could possibly be considerably more intelligent than those you start with.
Your Creatures live in their own world, called Albia. Albia is a huge world, it contains many exciting places to visit, and many dangers. The Creatures you hatch are from the species known as Norns. Norns are a friendly, curious, social species; eager to learn and experience life to the fullest. Grendels live in the trees, with different genetic material; they are violent, steal food and carry diseases.
Above all, Creatures is for your enjoyment. You can become as involved as you want, the ultimate aim being to breed Norns through multiple generations. You may be the parent of the first super intelligent Norn!
Creatures is all about Artificial Life. By modelling the building blocks of life, we believe it is possible to recreate life-like behaviours inside a digital device. From the original Creatures, released in 1996 to Creatures Docking Station, our free, internet-enabled, fully-featured title, we've been releasing the Norns, Ettins and Grendels of Albia to the world, where they've charmed players of all ages and introduced countless to the wonders of Artificial Life, genetics, biochemistry and programming through Creatures' unique and advanced technology and engaging gameplay.
Gameware is a Cambridge UK based company that delivers AI, AR and 3D products via TV,PC and mobile. Gameware own IP rights in "Creatures", "James Pond", "Creebies" and share commercial exploitation rights in respect to CBBC mixed reality gameshow "Bamzooki”.
About Bigben Interactive
Leader indépendant de la fabrication et de la distribution d’accessoires pour consoles de jeux vidéo, Bigben Interactive est également éditeur de jeux vidéo, principalement sur les consoles de salon. La société, installée près de Lille dans le Nord de la France, est présente sur les principaux marchés européens, grâce à ses filiales au Benelux et en Allemagne et à des accords avec des distributeurs partenaires dans les autres pays.
Bigben Interactive est une société cotée en bourse sur le marché Eurolist d’Euronext Paris, compartiment C.
About Fishing Cactus
Fishing Cactus is an independent game development studio located in Belgium and founded by four industry veterans. With a team of 20+ developers, Fishing Cactus delivers all kinds of games across all the major gaming platforms, based on both existing and original IPs.
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