EA Tiburon vets form PixelFoundry, reveal first game

Volga Aksoy and Jerry Phaneuf heading up new game company working on PC real-time strategy game BlackSpace.

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Two former EA Tiburon developers are turning in golf courses for space ships.

Ex-EA Tiburon developers Volga Aksoy and Jerry Phaneuf have founded PixelFoundry and currently make up the two-man shop as technical lead and creative lead, respectively.

BlackSpace is not a sports game.

The studio is presently at work on PC real-time strategy game BlackSpace, which the developer says combines action with an "emphasis on economic and defensive efficiency." The game takes place on asteroids, and players will control a "low-gravity operation support vehicle" for a range of uses, including mining and defense.

PixelFoundry told GameSpot that depending on the reception of the PC version, it might expand to consoles at a later date. Additionally, the developer confirmed to GameSpot that it plans to develop social and mobile companion apps for BlackSpace, which are targeted to launch after the game does.

For more on PixelFoundry and BlackSpace, check out the developer's website.

Aksoy and Phaneuf are both 10-year industry veterans, who most recently held senior developer positions at EA Tiburon, where they worked on games from the Madden, Tiger Woods, NASCAR, and MMA franchises.

Discussion

11 comments
redskinStu
redskinStu

"emphasis on economic and defensive efficiency" Sounds like a barrell of monkeys on acid.

strayfies
strayfies

Well, I'm interested. There are about 40,000 ways they can screw that up, but if their product is earnest, not buried under ridiculous DRM and not set up to become a DLC market, they can count on my support.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@SauhlGood Oh yeah massive dawn of war fan and to a lesser extent DoW2 (it's good but I prefer base building) and if I'm not mistaken DoW3 is due this year I played company of heroes years ago but never really got into it

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

@SirNormanislost if you havent already you should check "company of heroes" and warhammer40k"dawn of war" @Stonecutters908 "RTS is an under represented genre these days." definately, or they get turned into mediocre FPS games with skrillex music

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@Stonecutters908 I really want a good RTS as well EA nearly killed off CnC with its awful attempts to cash in on the name (Cnc3, redalert3 and worst of all cnc4 the biggest piece of shi...) Warcraft4 won't happen for years since blizzards got 4 projects running already the others just arnt profitable enough As for Total Annihilation (love that game) there's its spiritual successor supreme commander (not supcom2 that game was the biggest dissapointment) not a new game but great all the same another is Sins of a solar empire fantastic space stratergy game spent more time playing this then any other strat game in the last few years As for new games there's not really on the way Except for this and the fabled return of Cnc generals2 from bioware but that's not due till 2013 the generation of the shooter indeed...

Neo_Sarevok
Neo_Sarevok

I hope everyone follows these two guy's example and leaves EA.

nedrith
nedrith

I'll support any RTS, especially one focusing on defense and economics. Been looking forever for a good RTS that I haven't played

yeah_28
yeah_28

@Stonecutters908 i miss those days so much man, i still play dune 2000, the original rts genre is almost completely gone, it was my favourite genre.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

There was time, back in the olden days, when almost every game I played on my PC was an RTS. Age of Empires, Warcraft, Command & Conquer, CC Red Alert, Myth, Total Annihilation, Rise of Nations. For some reason developers turned their RTS projects into micro experiences instead of long 4-5 hour epic long game sessions I was used to and I sort of lost interest in the genre. I hope this game turns out well though. RTS is an under represented genre these days.

TheManofTin
TheManofTin

Always great to see a new IP that is not an FPS.

Leir_Bag
Leir_Bag

I'm aways open to new Ideas. Plus, it's better a RTS game then a sport's, because the sports genre is pretty full, and there is some space for interesting RTSes still. I didn't say first. See?