Kelowna – Okanagan College business graduate Andrew Roberts has announced the launch of Cosmic Logic Inc., a Kelowna-based video game development company planning to open doors into the video game industry and provide opportunities within the Okanagan. The company will produce and sell video games on digital distribution platforms such as Xbox Live Arcade, Sony Playstation Network, WiiWare, and iPhone.
The implementation of networking features on current video game systems has created an indie-revolution in the video game industry, allowing small teams to reach a global market.
“Smaller, independently funded companies previously had to find a publisher to produce and distribute their games,” says Roberts. “With platforms such as Xbox Live Arcade, consumers can simply download these games directly to their system’s hard drive. This allows indie-developers to bypass the costs involved in producing and distributing discs, and gives them more creative control in terms of content and pricing.”
Recruiting local talent from Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology, Cosmic Logic is currently developing a retro-style arcade lacrosse video game similar in style to the video games of the 1980’s. Local programmer Tyler Reid is single-handedly coding the game, while Roberts continues to network with students, artists, programmers and musicians.
“Cosmic Logic provides an opportunity for those who are passionate about game development. By putting creative control in the hands of programmers and artists, it allows the company to develop multiple games simultaneously. Cosmic Logic is more than a band trying to make an album; we’ll be the record label supporting multiple bands.”
The company has decided on a snowball strategy: starting small by creating two-dimensional games with low development cycles which will in turn fund later games using 3D models. Cosmic Logic hopes to gain longevity in the industry by creating original content, eliminating deadlines and remaining self-published.