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This topic contains 30 replies, has 14 voices, and was last updated by  gizmo 12 years, 5 months ago.

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  • #3985

    Pete
    Participant
  • #19719

    Nooptical
    Participant

    said that it was the country’s first overseas investment in software development for video game consoles.[/quote:05d130227c]

    Sweet! :D

    Finally it has been officially announced. 50 jobs is a lot more than I expected.

    Great news…

  • #19723

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    oh yeah – how was the shindig with DC and TKO?

    Any website\email address for this new studio or is it too early?

  • #19725

    Nooptical
    Participant

    DC couldn’t make the gig, and I don’t think TKO were there either.

    Pity, was looking forward to hearing what they had to say, but I guess DC have other things to be doing, ie: creating a brand spanking new Dublin studio! :)

  • #19726

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Originally posted by Nooptical

    Finally it has been officially announced. 50 jobs is a lot more than I expected.
    [/quote:5779e9deb0]

    50 jobs over 3 years….still good news, I am still unsure if they will do console stuff tbh.

  • #19728

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Well, it specifically mentions that it is the “first overseas investment in software development for video game consoles“.

  • #19729

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    R.T.E.

    Sorry for being cynical…

  • #19734

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Fair enough, but it is very specific in saying the “first” overseas investment in development for “video games consoles”. So they obviously know that there are other homegrown video games companies over here, and also that there are overseas mobile phone games investors…….

    Just seems quite specific for me. Also, I’m sure that the Minister knows what he is talking about with regards to this announcement, and I presume that RTE are indirectly quoting him on this.

  • #19735

    Skyclad
    Participant

    I think the ‘official’ ida/dc announcement was going to happen today, unless that was it :)

  • #19740

    omen
    Participant

    Also, I’m sure that the Minister knows what he is talking about with regards to this announcement[/quote:6be3c98d3c]
    You’re SURE about that ??

  • #19741

    Nooptical
    Participant
  • #19755

    bomberman
    Participant

    Excellent ! They mention the football game…

    You have to know this game is written by Dino Dini himself, the Kick Off series creator :) He was fed up with football games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. He wants to return to games with immediate gameplay. And Mark Greenshields really wanted to give him a chance to produce that game.
    I know that lots of people have criticized him and his “arrogance” but personnally I think it would be good to also have games like Kick Off or Sensible Soccer.

    What do you think ? (maybe should start another thread)

  • #19756

    aphra
    Keymaster

    The announcement we quote from the Dept. of Employment is the full/official announcement, as IDA report to them…

    more as we hear it..

    Aphra.

  • #19772

    Ronny
    Participant

    A good read. Really looking forward to hearing what their first game will be. We could possibly be seeing some regular forum members landing a job.

    Anyone here applied?

  • #19775

    Idora
    Participant

    ok, as the official announcement is out there, I can provide one or two more tidbits…

    DC Studios first project in Dublin is a PS2 title

    They also have a next gen title in their back pocket, but whether it goes into production here or not depends on whether they can source experienced staff or not for it

    and that’s pretty much all I know about it!

  • #19777

    Nooptical
    Participant

    See, I told you the RTE and the Minister knew what they were talking about…. ;)

  • #19783

    omen
    Participant

    Anyone here applied?[/quote:4482ed2db7]
    Nope, didn’t inspire me with confidence during my time in glasgow.

  • #19788

    peter_b
    Participant

    although i would say it will be a while before they will take a chance on fresh grads right?

  • #19809

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Am I the only one who thinks IDGA Ireland \ GD.ie should be mentioned in these types of press releases – it’d get our wee forum more exposure ;) ?

    http://www.entemp.ie/press/2005/20050412.htm

  • #19810

    Darkblood
    Participant

    Your right, they should be mentioned!

  • #19811

    Idora
    Participant

    although i would say it will be a while before they will take a chance on fresh grads right? [/quote:665897f6ad] if ever…

    in recent pitch meetings with publishers, they have been insisting on min. team sizes of 35 people and with most of them (read: 80 – 90%) being industry experienced

  • #19812

    peter_b
    Participant

    thanks for the bright outlook :)

    Although with that frame of mind, your only breeding 10% talent is that wise? i guess the moral is never put a bunch load of your developers on the same plane, in case it crashes! otherwise your out on the street.

  • #19814

    stevec_havok
    Participant

    Next gen development is pretty hairy – even current gen in hairy. We’ve worked with teams of 140 on a PC game (not even console).

    Things are definitely becoming more production focussed though of late, with multiple pre-production teams (of about 15 to 20 people) running in parallel, these being pared down to one or two front runners (after focus group testing – yeah it happens this early now in some cases), and then it scales up to 50+ or more.

    Dave Perry said to me late last year that he’s expecting to see the first $100m game production by 2006 on next gen. Hard not to believe that really.

    More than ever you got to choose your niche – because you’re not going to compete with the big publisher muscle at the blockbuster end of the market.

    Steve

  • #19815

    aphra
    Keymaster

    The politics of IDA announcements is to publicise the fact that ‘they’ brought a company into the country

    we have to work through other channels to get our publicity…

    Aphra.

  • #19816

    bomberman
    Participant

    nice figures steve… where will we go ?

  • #19817

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    More than ever you got to choose your niche – because you’re not going to compete with the big publisher muscle at the blockbuster end of the market.

    Steve [/quote:778929a723]

    Steve, do you mean stylistic niches? genre-based niches? or something else? Basically could you elaborate please? I’m interested :D

  • #19819

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Good info Steve. Its going to be even more difficult for the small companies to compete in the next gen. If they haven’t got the budgets they will just have to come up with something fantastic to catch the public eye. They won’t have the luxury of churning out another sequel, or buying a movie license which will sell a game.

  • #19821

    Idora
    Participant

    DC Studios Creates Government-Approved Irish Wing
    http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5278

  • #19822

    stevec_havok
    Participant

    Steve, do you mean stylistic niches? genre-based niches? or something else? Basically could you elaborate please? I’m interested :D [/quote:40d21611b0]

    Well any niche really – all the above apply, but it’s just classic business plan stuff. You can’t conquer the world with your first plan/product etc. so instead focus on conquering something smaller, totally dominate that (hopefully) and then use this as the beachhead for future world domination :-)

    In the game industry today, doing a multi-platform game is pretty much beyond any start up (with exceptions of course) so I’d be focussed on PC / mobile markets (low entry barriers, but pretty populated) or go exclusive on a console – with a genre niche, demographic niche or whatever. The great thing about niches is you can get lots of good free PR/Editorial because it’s “new” and thus journos like to cover it, and it’s all about getting noticed in the noise, so this stuff really matters.

    Steve

  • #19834

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    That’s useful! – Thanks Steve!

  • #19847

    gizmo
    Participant

    Yea someone else to look at for my INTRA! :p

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