Island video-game companies nominated for national awards

Island video-game companies nominated for national awards

Source: Times Colonist
Author: Andrew Duffy

One of Victoria’s newest video game studios has been quick to make a splash, and its first foray into the marketplace could net it a national award.

Red Nexus Games, which opened its studio doors in January, has been named a finalist at the 2016 Canadian Video Game Awards as best debut game for their game, Friday Night Bullet Arena.

“It’s an honour to be acknowledged on a national scale,” said founder Dylan Gedig. “Seeing the studios that we'll be joining is completely jaw-dropping.”

Gedig, who is in Montreal for the awards, said the recognition of being nominated will help the company grow. “This will be very useful in introducing the studio to the Canadian game development community, including people in Victoria who might not have known that we were based here until now,” he said. “It may also bolster our upcoming Xbox release, but I believe that’ll be a secondary effect.”

Friday Night Bullet Arena, is a top-down shooter game where players only get one bullet. The bullet wraps around the screen and bounces off walls and must be caught before the player can shoot again. It was released in late September for Windows and Mac PCs and will be coming to Xbox One in January.

Red Nexus is not the only Island game studio nominated this year as Qualicum Beach’s Cloudhead Games has received nine nominations, including a game of the year nod for The Gallery – Episode 1: Call of the Starseed. The company has been nominated for best virtual reality game, best audio, best debut, best game innovation, best indie game, best performance, best technology and a fan‘s choice award as the best Canadian-made game.

The Canadian Video Game Awards will be handed out tonight in Montreal. There are 45 nominees vying for honours in 20 award categories.