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FuturLab readies Mini-Mech Mayhem for PSVR

You want robots, sci-fi, battles and VR? Velocity 2X and Tiny Trax studio announces next project

“It’s a metaphor for our studio”, says award-winning Brighton firm

Award-winning Brighton studio Futurlab has revealed its next release – Mini-Mech Mayhem for PSVR.

Futurlab is keeping its cards close to its chest regarding full details of the game, but Mini-Mech Mayhem is a robot battle game, where you play the big buddy and your Mini-Mech partner is the little buddy.

Futurlab enjoyed a hit with its debut PSVR title Tiny Trax this summer, which followed the firm’s critically-acclaimed best seller, Velocity 2X.

Mini-Mech Mayhem will be released in 2018, with further details to follow.

FuturLab is also significantly bolstering its development team for the project, including hiring a Technical Director and several programmers.

“Your Mini-Mech is full of enthusiasm, passion and incredible power, but sometimes, amongst all the mayhem, this little buddy loses sight of the big picture,” explains Futurlab MD James Marsden.

“So you’re there to guide your Mini-Mech buddy to success. Any mistakes along the way can be chalked up as a learning experience, and over time you’ll trust each other, achieving many wonderful and hilarious victories together.”

“Mini-Mech Mayhem sees us return to our passion of sci-fi,” added Marsden. “Having made our debut on PSVR with Tiny Trax, we’ve learnt a lot about the format and we’re looking forward to putting these new skills to work in Mini-Mech Mayhem soon.

“We also see Mini-Mech Mayhem as a metaphor for our studio. Futurlab is PlayStation’s little buddy and we, in turn, play the role of a big buddy to our staff.

“Just as PlayStation cares about fostering our creativity, by helping us explore new ideas, we foster the creativity in our team. We shield their passionate enthusiasm from the turbulent mayhem of the games industry, so they can create something they care about, at a pace of challenge that is manageable.

“We can’t wait to share more information about Mini-Mech Mayhem. Until then, please let your friends know we’re hiring!”

Notes To Editors

About FuturLab
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio based in Brighton, UK. The company develops and publishes original games on mobile and console, its portfolio including the critically-acclaimed Velocity 2X, Surge Deluxe and Tiny Trax PSVR.
www.futurlab.co.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurlab
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futurlab

Press Contacts

Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
+44 (0) 7970 164201

James Marsden – FuturLab
James@futurlab.co.uk
+ 44 (0) 1273 420367

Ralph & Kuju partner to create groundbreaking AR & VR experiences for brands

Leading brand experience agency joins forces with VR content specialist to bring a wealth of creative and game experience together
Brand experience agency Ralph Creative and Kuju, a full service Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) content specialist, have teamed up to offer a one-stop-shop for creating groundbreaking VR and AR experiences across any platform.

The announcement follows their earlier co-production of a music remix experience for Grammy Award winning duo The Chainsmokers and Sony Music. The experience, for the single Paris, was unveiled at SXSW in Austin to great applause.

“We are thrilled to be announcing this partnership today,” said Kuju’s Head of Studios Brynley Gibson. “When Ralph first approached us about a collaboration on The Chainsmokers’ VR experience it seemed a great fit: our interactive entertainment background in music and VR, alongside their impressive expertise in brands. We found in Ralph kindred spirits with a passion for creating cool innovative projects and we’re looking forward to showing the world what we will come up with next.”

Chris Hassell, Founder of Ralph added: “Working with Kuju is hugely exciting. We knew we wanted to find a partner that had true game development experience but never thought we’d find someone with such a pedigree, with many years of VR experience across many platforms. Based on the success and positive feedback of Paris.VR on the PlayStation Store, we are looking forward to having a lot of fun and doing more groundbreaking work with them in the future for new and existing clients.”

Kuju recently appointed games industry veteran Mick Morris as Business Development Director.

Notes to Editors

About Kuju
Kuju makes compelling games & branded experiences for VR, AR and Console platforms. With 20 years of experience and over 125 titles to its name, Kuju is one of the UK’s longest serving ‘work for hire’ developers. Based in London and Brighton it has produced titles for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision, Disney and Ubisoft. Alongside developing original concepts such as the long running Art Academy series, the company has been entrusted with developing globally recognised IP from the worlds of Film, TV and Games. These titles include brands such as The Lord of the Rings, Marvel, The Voice, Zumba and Guitar Hero.
Kuju.com

About Ralph Creative
Founded in 2005 with offices in London, NYC & LA, Ralph is trusted by the world's biggest brands to create experiences that audiences love and share. Its proudest achievements include managing social campaigns for some of Netflix’s biggest shows (House Of Cards, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Gilmore Girls) running immersive theatrical music events for Sony, launching a beer across Europe for AB InBev, hacking marketing with Mr. Robot, opening a craft beer shop in Shoreditch, creating an above-the-line marketing campaign for Slack and making a cartoon called Tinkershrimp & Dutch with Nickelodeon.
Ralphandco.com

Media Contacts
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07970 164201

Chris Hassell – Ralph Creative
chris@ralphandco.com

Mick Morris – Kuju
Mick.morris@kuju.com

Brynley Gibson – Kuju
Brynley.gibson@curve-digital.com

Tiny Trax races onto PlayStation VR

Studio behind Velocity 2X announces new online multiplayer VR slot racer billed as
'Micro Machines meets Scalextric' * Epic racing in a tiny world!

Award-winning Brighton-based studio FuturLab has announced Tiny Trax, a stunning new slot racing game for PlayStation VR.

Set for release this summer, Tiny Trax sees childhood imaginations come to life as tiny cars boost around your body, jump overhead and drift around bends on a virtual slot racing track just inches from your face.

Importantly, a player’s viewpoint of the game mimics that of a child surrounded by a giant toy racing track inside each virtual world, which creates an extremely comfortable and satisfying experience.

Boasting online multiplayer functionality for up to four players, Tiny Trax features 12 tracks across three environments – Tropical, Fire & Ice and Outer Space – with six vehicles to choose from.

The music has been composed by leading video game composer Joris de Man, whose previous work includes Horizon: Zero Dawn, Killzone and FuturLabs’ own Velocity 2X.

Tiny Trax will be available for hands-on demo at Sony’s pre-E3 press event next month (Monday June 12th), on the show floor during E3 and with a roll-out in Europe and North America expected this summer.

The game is the brainchild of game designer Dave Gabriel, who came up with the concept when he was a game tester at FuturLab. Backed by FuturLab’s management team, Gabriel took on the challenge of designing Tiny Trax from the ground up – covering everything from the controls, to the levels, to deciding trophies. He has since been promoted to game designer.

“We’re delighted to announce Tiny Trax – it’s a game that will appeal to players of all ages, allowing them to dive straight in and recreate the thrill of slot racing in immersive virtual environments,” said FuturLab MD James Marsden. “In addition, it’s a great testament to the team here at FuturLab – particularly Dave Gabriel – that Tiny Trax will be demonstrated alongside titles from industry heavyweights at Sony’s E3 booth.”

Gameplay trailers:

EU (PEGI): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozgxvLhIkDA
 
US (ESRB): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXGZ2irc8dw

More information about Tiny Trax can be found here: www.futurlab.co.uk/games/tiny-trax

James Marsden and Dave Gabriel are available for telephone interview, and are also taking appointments for face-to-face interviews & demos on the PlayStation booth at E3.

Notes To Editors

About FuturLab
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio based in Brighton, UK. The company develops and publishes original games on mobile and console, its portfolio including the critically-acclaimed Velocity 2X and Surge Deluxe.
www.futurlab.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/futurlab
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/futurlab

Press Contacts
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Lisa.carter@mimrammedia.com
07960 164201

James Marsden – FuturLab
James@futurlab.co.uk
01273 420367