Time to reveal one of the big project currently going on at Fishing Cactus, so here we go.
Bigben Interactive, Gameware and Fishing Cactus will re-envigorating the adorable CREATURES series in 2011! A little history, from 1996 to 2001, those lovely felines have entertained over 2 million players on PC, Playstation and handheld formats. Many awards have been won for the AI running behind the game and a major global game franchise established.
10 years after, Fishing Cactus, Bigben and Gameware are set to deliver a brand new game based on this incredible license. For thos who already know everything about Creatures, what this version is all about? The approach will be to maintain the characteristics and integrity of the earlier games. The new opus will be free-to-play and available on PC/Mac and iOS platforms – iPod, iPhone and iPad. A collector gift box full of surprises will also be created.
For the new born, what is Creatures all about?
Creatures models real biological systems inside your device. They come complete with their own biochemistry, brains, digital DNA, and an environment in which to live. It is a simulation game very much like the Sims but in a much more complex way!
None of the behaviors you will see in the game has been specifically programmed. The Creatures make their own choices, and learn from their mistakes. You guide them through their lives, helping them through the bad patches and enjoying the good times. When they become adults, your Creatures can mate, and their children have their own unique genetic material (meaning look).
The possibilities are boundless. Everything from their poses to the individual chemical reactions inside their bloodstream are genetically specified. Who knows? A tenth generation creature could possibly be considerably more intelligent than those you start with.
Creatures is all about Artificial Life. By modelling the building blocks of life, we believe it is possible to recreate life-like behaviours inside a digital device. From the original Creatures, released in 1996 to Creatures Docking Station, our free, internet-enabled, fully-featured title, we’ve been releasing the Norns, Ettins and Grendels of Albia to the world, where they’ve charmed players of all ages and introduced countless to the wonders of Artificial Life, genetics, biochemistry and programming through Creatures’ unique and advanced technology and engaging gameplay.
Benoît Clerc, Head of Software Group, Bigben Interactive : « We are very pleased and proud to participate to the rebirth of such a precursor of the videogame’s history, a title which become mythical and has left its mark on many gamers. This new opus, in Free to Play for PC and iOS, keeps all mechanisms of its distinguished predecessors and will gather new genuine gaming principles which will certainly seduce everyone».
Jeremy Cooke, CEO – Gameware : « Gameware is delighted by the vision that BIGBEN have demonstrated in updating the CREATURES game franchise for the Creatures community and socially engaged consumers alike. Both old and new fans are just going to love the new CREATURES. »
Bruno Urbain, Studio Manager Fishing Cactus : “As huge fans of the original games in the series, we are thrilled to be working on bringing it back to today’s audience. We are determined to create a new great Creatures chapter, both modern and respectful of what made it the best virtual life game in the first place.”
Gameware is a Cambridge UK based company that delivers AI, AR and 3D products via TV,PC and mobile. Gameware own IP rights in “Creatures”, “James Pond”, “Creebies” and share commercial exploitation rights in respect to CBBC mixed reality gameshow “Bamzooki”.
About Bigben Interactive
Leader indépendant de la fabrication et de la distribution d’accessoires pour consoles de jeux vidéo, Bigben Interactive est également éditeur de jeux vidéo, principalement sur les consoles de salon. La société, installée près de Lille dans le Nord de la France, est présente sur les principaux marchés européens, grâce à ses filiales au Benelux et en Allemagne et à des accords avec des distributeurs partenaires dans les autres pays.
Bigben Interactive est une société cotée en bourse sur le marché Eurolist d’Euronext Paris, compartiment C.
About Fishing Cactus
Fishing Cactus is an independent game development studio located in Belgium and founded by four industry veterans. With a team of 20+ developers, Fishing Cactus delivers all kinds of games across all the major gaming platforms, based on both existing and original IPs.