Victoria’s Codename Entertainment will be taking its popular game, Crusaders of the Lost Idols, on a serious road trip this summer.
The gaming studio has partnered with game publisher Kongregate to release the game on Android and iOS platforms, meaning players will soon be able to play it on their smartphones and tablets.
“This is two major milestones for us,” said Codename chief executive Eric Jordan. “First off, it is a milestone to launch a game into such a large market. There are more mobile devices on the planet than people, which makes the mobile market the single largest video-game market in the world. Additionally, this is the first time that we have worked with a major publisher.
“The business interest shown by a company of that size is a testament and recognition of the talented team we have established here in Victoria.”
Codename is also likely to increase staff as a result, said Jordan, who would not provide financial details of the partnership.
Until this deal, players could only play Crusaders on websites such as Kongregate.com and Facebook after it was launched last year.
Jordan said the experience on the web has allowed them to refine the game before launching on mobile platforms.
“Mobile is a large market, but it is also a tremendously competitive market,” he said. “Last year, over 450 games were submitted to Apple Inc. every day.”
“We’ve seen great success helping developers to optimize and perfect their games on Kongregate.com before tackling mobile together, and we think this game further validates that strategy,” said Emily Greer, co-founder of Kongregate.
Crusaders of the Lost Idols follows a group of fighters who take on a variety of villains, including a giant panda with lobster claws. As an “idle” game, it allow players to put as much time and effort as they wish into a game as they do not require active play. Players can leave them to idle and play themselves.