News: The former GOD Games is back and cockier than ever.
The independant developer's group Gathering of Developers (A.K.A. GOD Games) was shut down by Take Two a few years ago. But that hasn't stopped two former executives from trying again.
Mike Wilson (former CEO of G.O.D.) and Harry Miller (former president of G.O.D.) plan to start a "well-funded, independent, artist-driven game publishing company ? to the bloated and originality starved industry."
The two executives liken their new publishing house to the independent film movement as they plan to look for the "most innovative and original video game developers in the industry."
?The major publishers have been focusing on safe bets ? large budget games often attached to major licenses or sequels,? says Mike Wilson, CEO of Gamecock. ?This insufficient emphasis on the creation of original game properties has created major dissatisfaction among the industry's most talented game designers and has made the current system unpalatable. In other words, things are getting stale. We aim to change that.?
Gamecock will publish games on all of the available platforms including PC, next-gen consoles and handhelds. They even have their first five titles lined up:
Fury: Developed by Auran, Fury is a massively multiplayer ?player vs. player' game for PC scheduled to be released for the 2007 holiday season.
Insecticide: Developed by Crackpot Entertainment, Insecticide is a stunning film noir action/adventure game set in a decaying world run by bugs. It will be available for the 2007 holiday season on handheld and PC.
Mushroom Men: Developed by Red Fly Studios, Mushroom Men is an incredibly detailed stylised world where mushrooms have taken on human-like feature and are now embroiled in a civil war. This is slated for a spring 2008 release on a next-gen console and handheld.
Hail to the Chimp: Developed by Wideload Games, Hail to the Chimp is an impossibleto-classify party game based on politics in the animal kingdom. The game is scheduled for release in spring 2008 for next-gen consoles.
Hero: Developed by Firefly Studios, Hero is a brutal but comical romp through the ?real' world of medieval dungeons. It will be coming to a next-gen console and PC in spring 2009.
We'll have more on all of Gamecock's games soon.