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Production company Annapurna Pictures announced on Thursday, December 1, that it is expanding its operations with the addition of the division Annapurna Interactive, which will be devoted to producing and publishing video games.
“I’ve had a great passion for video games for as long as I can remember. Growing up, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time’ was one of my all-time favorites. My brother and I ran up quite a bill calling the 1-900 numbers for tips on those games, before the internet provided game-guides,” said Megan Ellison, Annapurna’s founder and CEO, in a statement. “The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming. We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home and I believe we’ve assembled the perfect team to make that happen.”
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Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing “personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium.”
The company is lining up to publish two games in spring: Jason Roberts’ Gorogoa is a hand-illustrated story suspended inside a puzzle that requires the player to move panels on a grid as though arranging framed drawings on a wall.
What Remains Of Edith Finch, developed by Giant Sparrow, is a playable collection of short stories, each with different artistic styles and gameplay centred on the cursed Finch family.
Annapurna Interactive will also release games from acclaimed industry talents including San Francisco-based developer Funomena and creative director Keita Takahashi, creator of the Katamari Damacy franchise, and Mountains, which is led by Ken Wong, best known for his work on Monument Valley.
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Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind Zero Dark Thirty, Her and Sausage Party, has expanded its operations with the creation of Annapurna Interactive, a division entirely dedicated to producing and publishing video games. Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium.
"We believe video games have a powerful ability to stir emotion. We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with the artists who inspire us in order to bring memorable experiences to all players, whether experienced or first-time gamers."
Annapurna Interactive is set to publish two games targeting Spring 2017 release dates: Jason Roberts' Gorogoa and Giant Sparrow's What Remains of Edith Finch. Gorogoa, by Jason Roberts, is a beautifully hand-illustrated story suspended inside a puzzle with a unique mechanic where the player moves panels on a grid as »
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind “Sausage Party,” has launched Annapurna Interactive, a division which will produce and publish video games. Annapurna Interactive will publish two games targeting Spring 2017 release dates: Jason Roberts’ “Gorogoa” and Giant Sparrow’s “What Remains of Edith Finch.” “Gorogoa” is a story within a puzzle where the player moves panels on a grid. “Edith Finch” is a collection of short stories centered around the cursed Finch family. Annapurna Interactive will also release games from other developers like Funomena and Creative Director Keita Takahashi, creator of the “Katamari Damacy” franchise. Also Read: Erik Lomis to Exit. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Annapurna Pictures has created a new division devoted to producing and publishing video games. The production company has hired a staff of game-industry vets for the new Annapurna Interactive group and has several deals already in the works.
Annapurna Interactive will focus on developing “personal, emotional and original games” that will push the boundaries of interactive content, according to the production house. Megan Ellison, Annapurna’s founder and CEO, said she’s long had a passion for video games and cited Nintendo’s 1998 “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” as one of her all-time favorites.
“The artistry and diversity of interactive storytelling is exciting, and we look forward to exploring the limitless possibilities in gaming,” said Ellison, who is the daughter of Oracle founder and billionaire Larry Ellison. “We want to empower artists across this medium to make Annapurna Interactive their home, and I believe we’ve assembled »
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