HELSINKI, Finland — March 26, 2015 — Next Games, the Finnish mobile games studio created by veteran talent from Supercell, Rovio and Disney, today announced the worldwide release of its premier action strategy title, Compass Point: West™, on iOS smartphones and tablets.
“We couldn’t be more proud to launch our first game. With Compass Point: West, the debut game in the Compass Point series, we explore the action strategy genre from a fresh, new angle with our original take on card collecting. We’ve created a rich Wild West universe for players to experience firsthand, a setting largely uncharted in mobile games,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO at Next Games.
Compass Point: West is an engaging, free-to-download action strategy game featuring stunning 3D graphics, highly polished gameplay and a fun and rewarding card collecting system introduced in a new, original way to the mass casual audience on mobile. The game takes the player on a journey to the old Wild West where they join friends and saddle up for an epic adventure, exploring the open frontier while fighting the hostile takeover plans of notorious oil tycoon, Orville Driller. Along the way, the player will build their own outposts, collect cards to summon allies and encounter a wide range of characters, each with their unique personalities in their mission to save the Wild West.
To support the global release of Compass Point: West, Next Games collaborated with premium content producer IDW Publishing to create an original comic to expand on the game’s story. IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, including Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek. The Compass Point: West comic is distributed worldwide through multiple platforms, including Apple iBooks and Google Play, and is now available on www.compasspointwest.com for fans to enjoy.
“IDW has been developing the Compass Point: West comic since very early in the game’s development, and we’ve enjoyed creating characters and backstories in a way that extends the game’s world,” stated Ted Adams, IDW CEO & Publisher. “The Next Games team has a long-range plan that we’re proud to be a part of.”
The original soundtrack for Compass Point: West was composed by award-winning music and audio designer Ari Pulkkinen, whose past credits include work on critically acclaimed series like Angry Birds, Resogun and Trine. The score is now available on iTunes.
Compass Point: West is the first in a series of four games, including North, East and South, Next Games is developing based on its internal IP. With the Compass Point series, Next Games aims to develop a leading franchise of games banded together by the same principles of original, engaging gaming experience and gorgeous graphics. In addition, Next Games is developing a mobile game based on AMC’s record-breaking television program, The Walking Dead.
Compass Point: West is now available to download for free worldwide on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. For more on Compass Point: West, please visit www.compasspointwest.com, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter. For the latest from Next Games, please visit www.nextgames.com, and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Compass Point: West game download on Apple App Store: http://nxtg.ms/westgame
Compass Point: West comic download on iBooks: http://nxtg.ms/westcomic
Compass Point: West theme song download on iTunes: http://nxtg.ms/westmusic
About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, highly engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The 50-people-strong company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development, and funded by an elite list of investors.
Helsinki, Finland – 18 November 2014 – Next Games took the stage today at Slush, the biggest startup and tech event in Northern Europe, to announce Compass Point: West™, a visually stunning 3D action strategy game set in the Wild West. The game is the first in a series of four games under the Compass Point franchise and is slated for launch in February 2015.
Compass Point: West is based on a rich story, a fun line of characters, and a colorful world set in the Wild West. In Compass Point: West, players collect cards to round up brave heroes and lead the charge into epic shootouts against Orville Driller, a devious oil baron, and his henchmen. Conquering the vast Wild West, defending your own outpost alongside the tough town Sheriff and recruiting trusty sidekicks will keep players entertained for months.
“With Compass Point: West we explore the action strategy genre from a fresh, new angle by introducing an original card mechanic rarely seen in these types of games as a part of the game’s core loop. The universe we are building will line up a wide range of characters with quirky personalities in our interpretation of the Wild West”, explained Joakim Achrén, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Next Games.
“We are building this game up as a service that will offer months of fun. We have invested heavily on character development and story. This game will mark a great starting point for the Compass Point series and an important milestone for Next Games,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, Chief Executive Officer of Next Games.
Compass Point: West will be launching worldwide in February 2015.
At Slush, Next Games partnered up with the organizers to sponsor an area for up and coming game startups to come to the event and showcase their games. Furthermore, Next Games’ CEO Teemu Huuhtanen and Peter Levin, Lionsgate’s President of Interactive Ventures & Games took the stage to discuss the state of the entertainment business and the collaboration opportunities innovative game developers and world’s top IP holders have. Lionsgate is an investor with Next Games.
In addition to Compass Point: West, Next Games is developing a mobile game based on AMC’s record-breaking TV show The Walking Dead. The season five premiere of the show delivered the highest ratings in series history. The episode was watched by 22.4 million viewers making the series the most-watched non-sports show in cable history.
Compass Point West video teaser
About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, highly engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The 45 people strong company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development, and funded by an elite list of investors. www.nextgames.com.
Helsinki, Finland – October 30 2014 – Next Games, the mobile game developer and publisher based in Helsinki, Finland today announced the acquisition of Helsinki GameWorks, a Finnish mobile game startup.
The arrangement will further strengthen Next Games’ strategy to build a solid portfolio of diverse games, anchored by both internally developed and third party IP. This two-pronged approach gives Next Games a crucial competitive advantage and an exciting opportunity to create engaging experiences for a growing global mobile player base. With this strategy, the company aims to become a forerunner in the constantly evolving mobile games industry.
The acquisition of Helsinki GameWorks follows a close collaboration with the two companies earlier in 2014 wherein Next Games contracted senior experts from Helsinki GameWorks to work on its ongoing game productions. Both employees and Helsinki GameWorks’ intellectual property including games under development will transfer over to Next Games. Helsinki GameWorks employs 12 people and Next Games 33 people, making the total headcount 45.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Helsinki GameWorks’ employees to become a part of the Next Games family. At Next Games we’ve focused on two key areas from the very beginning: building a robust portfolio and rock solid roadmap of games as well as ensuring we have an experienced team working on it. Joining forces is a logical move, as our first games will launch very soon and the next productions are being ramped up. The veteran team and IP from Helsinki GameWorks will be a huge asset,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO of Next Games.
“The whole Helsinki GameWorks team is truly excited to help form an even stronger Next Games together. To be able to work with such a talented veteran team on some of the most exciting IP in the world is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” commented Kalle Kaivola, CEO of Helsinki GameWorks.
Following the acquisition, Next Games has appointed Helsinki GameWorks’ CEO, Kalle Kaivola as Head of Licensed Games. He will be overseeing the production of The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land game based on AMC’s incredibly popular The Walking Dead TV series. Before founding Helsinki GameWorks, Kaivola held the position of SVP, Product and Publishing at Rovio Entertainment, the makers of Angry Birds.
About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, highly engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development, and funded by an elite list of investors. www.nextgames.com.
About Helsinki GameWorks
Helsinki GameWorks is an independent game development studio based in Helsinki, Finland. It was founded by a group of seasoned industry professionals focused on developing accessible mid-core mobile games.
Santa Monica, CA, & Helsinki, Finland – July 23, 2014 – As part of its recently-announced move into the gaming space, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, has formed a strategic partnership with the Finnish games developer Next Games and will make an investment in their extended Series A financing round, the two companies announced today.
The announcement follows Lionsgate’s recent appointment of games and digital media entrepreneur Peter Levin to be President of Interactive Ventures & Games. The collaboration re-affirms Next Games’ strategic approach of relying on intellectual property developed in-house complemented by strategically licensed properties.
Founded last year by gaming veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, Next Games has assembled a team committed to creating lasting global entertainment brands by developing games with high end production values and engaging play experiences. Working in collaboration with AMC, they are currently developing a mobile free-to-play game based on the blockbuster TV series The Walking Dead as well as a game based on their own intellectual property.
“Gaming is a logical next step in extending our content portfolio, and we’re very excited about the potential of our partnership with Next Games,” said Levin. “Their management team has a proven track record of creating popular and successful brands for some of the industry leaders in the gaming space, and their passion, innovation and entrepreneurial culture are a perfect fit with our own. We see them as a prolific source of the next generation of games, creating exciting and engaging properties based on our franchises as well as new content that we develop together.”
“I couldn’t be happier to bring Lionsgate, one of the leading entertainment companies and premier content producers, on board with us. They have proven their strength in not only creating fascinating new stories for the world but doing a stellar job of marketing and turning them into blockbuster entertainment franchises,” said Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen. Next Games announced the first part of its external investment round earlier this year, raising $6 million in financing from an elite list of institutional, strategic and private investors.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has over 30 television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions’ Mud and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development, and funded by an elite list of private investors. www.nextgames.com.
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New York, NY and Helsinki, Finland – July, 22 2014 – Next Games and AMC released today the first trailer for the new The Walking Dead mobile game, based on the incredibly popular AMC series. The never-before-seen trailer will also be shown at AMC’s The Walking Dead booth #4237 at Comic Con International in San Diego from July 24 – 27.
The game, titled The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, will allow players to experience the world of the iconic show through gameplay exclusively developed for smartphones and tablet devices. Developed by Next Games in close collaboration with AMC, the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game. The game launch will coincide with the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5 early next year.
The trailer can be seen at: http://youtu.be/_aiRboM4fok
“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers. We respect the creators of The Walking Dead immensely and want this game to portray the world they have created as closely as possible,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.
Founded by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. In addition to the game based on The Walking Dead TV show, the studio is working on another title based on its own IP.
The Walking Dead returns for its fifth season this October. The series is the first cable drama in television history to beat all the fall broadcast shows in adults 18-49. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad L. Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and Tom Luse.
Comic Con International in San Diego will take place July 24 – 27.
About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development and funded by an elite list of private investors. www.nextgames.com.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Turn, Halt and Catch Fire and the forthcoming Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Game of Arms and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.