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Big Nasty News #1

Welcome to the first post of a new edition to our website, Big Nasty News! We will be creating a post similar to this one on a bi-monthly basis along with our thought leadership posts and our RnD posts. Although not as informative as our other posts, this is a great way to include you in the goings on over at Big Nasty Studios. This will be the new place to find out how things are going in the office, in our projects and even get an inside look at some of our projects and our workflow.

These posts will be released every 2 weeks starting from today!

Business News!

Develop

From the 11th to 13th of July, we went to our first Develop Conference in Brighton. Develop brings together Game Devs from all around the world – from the megastars to the micro-indies to network, have business meetings, play around with each other’s new products and generally have fun while hopefully building some strong connections. This year we had the opportunity to meet with lots of types of people, including people from the BBC, Sony, Jagex, Ubisoft and Amazon Games Studio as well as lots of other smaller developers and publishers with years of experience and know-how to draw from at many of our impromptu meetings.

The highlight of the week was by far being able to attend the Special Effect party, which was a relaxed opportunity to wind down from a rather hectic week and really solidify the new friendships that we had made. Special Effect is a charity that is rather near and dear to our hearts as they are dedicated to helping people with disabilities to enjoy video games as we do. They even have a version of Fifa that they have programmed to work with only facial movement. An absolutely incredible charity – you can find out more information at – http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/

Develop at Brighton was fantastic, and we can’t wait to go back next year to meet some new faces as well as catch up with some familiar ones!

BNI

Over the last few weeks, we at Big Nasty have also been busy becoming a member of the BNI – Business Network International is the most successful networking group in the world. The motto at BNI is “givers gain”. Every week we meet to drink copious amounts of coffee, talk business and to pass as many strong referrals for work as we possibly can to other members. In return, they pass work to us as we all constantly work to demonstrate to each other our expertise and practice our networking skills. We were introduced to BNI by David Porter from Surge Marketing Solutions and Andrew Dunning from Andrew Dunning Photography, and so far it has been excellent. We’ve made a lot of new friends and have already passed and have been passed a handful of referrals.

Enterprise Made Simple

If you follow any of our social media accounts you will already know that recent weeks have been extremely useful for us as we have had the opportunity to take part in a selection of workshops that have provided extensive information on topics such as increasing our reach across social media, identifying and planning new routes to market, blogging for business growth, information on business chassis and business tendering.

Over the course of around 2 months, we have all attended these workshops and gained level 3 qualifications in business growth. We spent a weekend at The Hawkhills in York attending this course which was a welcome change from being stuck in an office to being surrounded by nothing but trees and wildlife.

Project News!

Sky City

To show off some of our skills in different areas we have begun working on a selection of projects for our portfolio, the first of these is a futuristic sky city, see how it is coming along below.

 

Hogney Castle

Another of our projects is Hogney Castle, we are aiming to create this castle using elements from Hogwarts and Disney’s enchanted castle.

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SpaceCakesVR

Since our last sneak peek of SpaceCakes a lot has changed, we are making huge progress with this project and it is something we are extremely excited about. Although we cannot make as much progress as we like due to other projects taking priority, we can show you what has been happening since the test footage we released a few weeks back.

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Some of the new additions include:

  • Animated Customers
  • Diner Environment
  • Diner Lighting
  • Updated Props
  • Teleport Function
  • Customer AI
  • Recipe/Ingredient Datatables
  • Game Music

The Future!

We are also brushing up on our digital drawing skills (images below) if you would like to see more of our development work then let us know!

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New Equipment? New Brand? New Office? New Projects!

New Equipment?

So things have been crazy around the office lately! due to the funding we were awarded we have managed to get our hands on some quality equipment which is going to give us the best chance we have at making the highest quality content possible.
 

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So... this is just the first batch of new equipment we have got coming into the office..

  • HTC Vive
  • Oculus Touch DK with Prototype Controllers
  • Josh's PRSSE Standard Guitar (Roxanne) and Amp
  • Josh's M-AUDIO Keyboard Controller

All of these fancy new toys have opened up a lot of doors for us and we plan on taking full advantage! We now have the ability to develop across more powerful Virtual Reality platforms and with the high quality music hardware we have acquired we can have a lot more fun when it comes to creating the music for our projects.

New Brand?

Our friends over at The Creative Alchemist have been working hard on creating a fantastic new brand to represent us here at Big Nasty and we have brought it down from multiple designs to one we think is awesome and we feel it represents us and what we do very well.

It feels both professional and clean but also playful and exciting! There are a lot of things we can manipulate and use with this brand and we are super happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately it has not made its way across all of our social media platforms as of yet as the designs are still being worked on but for now, here is a closer look at the design! Pretty cool right?

 

New Office?

As you all know we are members of the Launchpad based in the heart of Teesside University and we have been in a shared office named "The Fishpond" for around 6 months but as with everything, it is time to move onto bigger and better things! 
So we are super excited to announce we will be moving into our own office space on April 1st! This creates a lot of exciting opportunities to do with the new VR equipment we have acquired, the larger space will allow us to be more ambitious with the projects we are working on.

New Projects!

Obviously with the new equipment we have a ton of ideas up in the air that we are ready to start developing, not much can be announced right now but we can tell you what we are working on is being developed on the HTC Vive and hopefully will be available on Oculus VR also.

More information is still to come over the couple of weeks so keep an eye out for everything Big and Nasty :)

-Adam