International Hobo

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International Hobo Ltd
TypePrivate Ltd
IndustryVideo games, Tertiary
Founded1999; 22 years ago (1999)
Key people
Chris Bateman
(founder, team leader)
Neil Bundy
(writer, team leader)
Richard Boon
(writer, team leader)
ProductsGhost Master
The Fairly OddParents video game series
Air Conflicts series
Heretic Kingdoms series

International Hobo (also known as "ihobo") is a consultancy incorporation in video game industry.[1][2] ihobo was founded by Chris Bateman in 1999 and it is based in Manchester, England.[3][4] They provide services about game design, narrative design and scriptwriting.
ihobo focuses on role-playing, platform, and children's games. In addition to working on many video games over the years, ihobo also has published a few books on video game design, such as Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Videogames and Beyond Game Design: Nine Steps Towards Creating Better Videogames.[5]

The company has worked on titles targeting the core audience for video games such as MotorStorm: Apocalypse and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (2 million units), as well as titles targeting more unusual audiences, such as Bratz: Rock Angelz (1.4 million units).

It provided the first proof that external game design was a viable proposition with Ghost Master (nominated for Best New IP in Develop Industry Excellence Awards), and has also worked on chart-topping titles like Reservoir Dogs.

The members of International Hobo have worked on major game projects for publishers like Electronic Arts, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Ubisoft, THQ, Take 2, Namco, Atari, Eidos, Codemasters, Vivendi Universal, SCi, 3DO, and Turner Interactive.

Games with services from International Hobo[edit]

Year Title Service provided
1999 Michelle Kwan Figure Skating Game pitch
1999 Madden NFL 2000 Scriptwriting, Video production
2001 Cubix Robots for Everyone: Race 'n Robots Scriptwriting
2002 Taz: Wanted Unknown contribution
2003 Ghost Master Game design, Story and scriptwriting
2003 Cubix Robots for Everyone: Showdown Scriptwriting
2003 Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue Script revision
2003 The Fairly OddParents: Breakin' da Rules Scriptwriting (PS2, GC and Xbox versions)
2004 Bad Boys: Miami Takedown Unknown contribution
2004 Mashed Voice recording
2004 Kult: Heretic Kingdoms Game design, Story and scriptwriting, Voice recording
2004 The Fairly OddParents: Shadow Showdown Scriptwriting (PS2 and GC versions)
2005 Battalion Wars Story
2005 Bratz: Rock Angelz Scriptwriting (PS2 and GC versions)
2005 Pac-Man World 3 Scriptwriting
2006 Air Conflicts Game design, Game text and manual
2006 Reservoir Dogs Initial script work
2006 Bratz: Forever Diamondz Scriptwriting (PS2 and GC versions)
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab Scriptwriting (PS2, GC and Wii versions)
2006 Play with Fire General development[6][7]
2006 ArchLord Script revision
2007 Power Boat GT Game design, Scriptwriting
2007 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl Additional writing, Game design audit
2007 Attack on Pearl Harbor Game design
2007 Aquadelic GT Game design, Scriptwriting
2008 WWII Aces Game design
2008 Emergency Mayhem Unknown contribution
2008 Jakers! Let's Explore Game design, Script revision, Quality assurance
2008 North American Hunting Extravaganza Unknown contribution
2009 Cartoon Network Universe: FusionFall Game design audit
2009 Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II Game design, Game text and manual
2009 Rockin' Pretty Script revision (English version)
2009 Play with Birds Unknown contribution
2011 Green My Place Quality assurance
2011 MotorStorm: Apocalypse Scriptwriting
2011 Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Game design, Story and scriptwriting, English voice direction
2012 Clusterpuck Game design
2012 Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Game design, Story and scriptwriting, English voice direction
2013 Luxuria Superbia Game design audit, Quality assurance
2013 Air Conflicts: Vietnam Game design, Story and scriptwriting, English voice direction
2014 Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms Game design, Story and scriptwriting
2015 Sentris Game design audit, Quality assurance
2016 Variant: Limits Unknown contribution
2017 Vikings: Wolves of Midgard Game design, Story and scriptwriting
2017 Hellmut: The Badass From Hell Game design audit
2017 Badass Ninja Unknown contribution
2018 The Persistence Scriptwriting, Voice recording
2018 Shadows: Awakening Game design, Story and scriptwriting, Voice recording
2019 Tropico 6 Scriptwriting
2019 Silk General development[8]


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