nDreams announces Venus Redemption

UK-based developer set to release new casual game to be penned by <i>The Piano</i> cowriter.

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While casual games are easy to get into and often addictive, epic games tend to offer involving storylines and memorable characters. Now a British company is hoping to bring the best of both worlds to its newly announced Venus Redemption. The game will be "extremely" easy to play and playable in short bursts, but with an engaging storyline and characters, says nDreams.

Venus Redemption will be an episodic casual game, and aimed at 30-something female gamers. The storyline will be written by Kate Pullinger, with help from comic book writer Gordon Rennie, and the music will be composed by Tim Wright, who also worked on the Wipeout game series.

Kate Pullinger is a Canadian writer now living in the UK whose novels include The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does The Kissing End?, and Weird Sister. She also cowrote the novel of the 1993 movie The Piano with Jane Campion, the film's director.

NDreams was founded in 2006 by former Eidos/SCi creative director Patrick O'Luanaigh and is based in Hampshire in the UK. The company is also currently working on a parody game to be released in the second quarter of this year, and Project ES, which it describes as a secret "online story-related project."

Venus Redemption is being developed by nDreams, and the title does not currently have a distributor or publisher. It is currently slated to be coming to the PC, with Wii and DS versions also planned, and due sometime around the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008.

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