Two Guys from Andromeda

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Guys from Andromeda, LLC
Type Private
Industry Software & Programming
Founded April 2012
Founders Scott Murphy, Mark Crowe, and Chris Pope
Headquarters Eugene, Oregon/Alabama/Atlanta (virtual offices)
Key people Scott Murphy, co-founder and writer/programmer; Mark Crowe, co-founder and artist, Chris Pope, co-founder, producer and public relations
Employees 5+
Website www.guysfromandromeda.com

Two Guys from Andromeda is the name of the American video game developer team of Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe, creators of the Space Quest series. After a falling-out ended their working relationship, they reunited in April 2012 and, along with co-founder Chris Pope, formed Guys From Andromeda, LLC.[1][2] Their proposed first release is tentatively titled SpaceVenture and is expected to be an adventure game set in space – a spiritual successor to the Space Quest series.[3]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe both started working for Sierra Entertainment in the 1980s. They worked on separate projects before teaming up together and working together on their first project together: The Black Cauldron.

After Black Cauldron was finished the "Two Guys" wanted to work on an idea of their own, a science fiction story starring a janitor named Roger Wilco. After proving their idea could be fun, by creating a four room demo, Ken Williams let them finish the game. That short demo became the beginning of Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter. Space Quest I was the first game that Murphy and Crowe used their pseudonym, "Two Guys from Andromeda".[3]

The first four games in the series were designed by both Crowe and Murphy. After Space Quest IV in 1991, the team split up.[1] Later games in the series were made, but Space Quest V was designed solely by Mark Crowe, and Space Quest 6 was designed by Josh Mandel, with later work on the project done by Murphy.

Reformation[edit]

In April 2012, Crowe and Murphy announced the reformation of the team under the new moniker of "Guys From Andromeda".[4]

Following the success of the Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter project (as well as other successful adventure game crowd-funding), the company decided to use Kickstarter [5] to raise funding for the game.[6] As of June 2012, they had exceeded their amount requested, $500,000, receiving $539,767.[7]

Co-founder of the company Chris Pope (dubbed as "Space Pope" by fans) works to operate its marketing and interact directly with fans. They also have commitments from voice actors Gary Owens, Rob Paulsen, Robert Clotworthy, Ellen McLain, and John Patrick Lowrie to participate in their new game.[8] On January 17, 2013, the team announced former Sierra composer Ken Allen was joining their team to compose the music.[9]

In regards to the team's reformation, and their approach to game development in a new decade, the two said

"We aren't straying from what has been a successful formula. We're back to make more while also incorporating what we've learned from you via comments made from the days of snail-mail and moving to email and social media. It's been interesting to learn what you've found fun, funny and/or annoying, and what games you've favored. Clearly, not everyone has well rated taste but we can work around that".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Walker (April 16, 2012). "Two Guys From Andromeda Reform To Make Space Quest". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "SpaceVenture Press Release". 
  3. ^ a b Mike Rose (April 16, 2012). "News - Original Space Quest creators form new adventure game studio". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Yin, Wesley (April 16, 2012). "Space Quest creators making new sci-fi adventure • News •". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ Launched: May. 08, 2012 (May 8, 2012). "Two Guys SpaceVenture - by the creators of Space Quest by Two Guys From Andromeda — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ JC Fletcher (May 9, 2012). "Two Guys from Andromeda Kickstart their 'SpaceVenture'". Joystiq. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mackay, Bob (June 19, 2012). "Your Adventure Game Kickstarter Roundup from 1UP.com". 1up.com. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Adam Rosenberg (May 9, 2012). "Space Quest Creators Turn To Kickstarter For SpaceVenture". G4tv.com. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 
  9. ^ Chris Pope (January 17, 2013). "It's a SpaceVenture update bonanza!". Two Guys from Andromeda. Retrieved January 23, 2013. 
Book
  • The History of Space Quest, included with the Space Quest Collection Series.

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