Outerlight

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Outerlight Limited
Private
Industry Video game industry
Fate Dissolved
Founded 10 March 2003; 14 years ago (2003-03-10)
Founders
  • Chris Peck
  • Alisa Bates
  • Ed Wilson
Defunct 2010 (2010)
Headquarters Edinburgh, Scotland
Key people
Chris Peck (managing director)
Products
Number of employees
1 (2010)

Outerlight Limited was a British video game developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company was incorporated on 10 March 2003, by Chris Peck, Alisa Bates and Ed Wilson.[1] Their first game was The Ship a mod for Half-Life 2, released for free in 2004.[2] The game was reworked as a standalone title, under the name The Ship: Murder Party, and released commercially, independently via Steam, in July 2006.[3] Peck described the time of The Ship's development as "a costly and soul destroying two years chasing publishing deals and failing".[4] Retail versions of the game were distributed by Merscom and Mindscape, in North America and Europe, respectively.[5][6]

A sequel to the game, The Ship 2, was announced to be in development in September 2007.[7] The game was briefly known as Hollywood Murder Party,[8] and was announced as Bloody Good Time, published by Ubisoft, in September 2010.[9] Shortly prior to the game's October 2010 release, Peck announced that all of Outerlight's staff, except for him, had been laid off, and the offices vacated.[10] Peck remained with the company as managing director and kept it trading using ongoing sales from The Ship: Murder Party, hoping that the upcoming income from Bloody Good Time would help re-establish the company.[11] Although no fruther news came from Outerlight, with the website having shut down, the studio is believed to have closed completely sometime in 2010.[12]

The Ship's intellectual property was acquired by Blazing Griffin in November 2011.[13][14][15] Using the license, Blazing Griffin attempted to finance a sequel to the game, The Ship: Full Steam Ahead, through a Kickstarter campaign starting in October 2012, and seeking GB£128,000.[16][17][18] However, project funding was cancelled in January 2013, after Blazing Griffin saw major communication problems with the Kickstarter community.[19][20] In place of the sequel, Blazing Griffin instead announced in June 2015 that they were developing a remastered version of the original The Ship: Murder Party game, titled The Ship: HD,[21] although this was later changed to The Ship: Remasted.[22] The game was released into Steam Early Access in February 2016, which it exited in October 2016.[23][24]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Publisher(s)
2006 The Ship: Murder Party Microsoft Windows Outerlight, Merscom, Mindscape
2010 Bloody Good Time Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Ubisoft

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC245312
  2. ^ http://indiegames.com/2012/06/indie_royale_profile_the_ship_.html
  3. ^ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/the-ship-from-outerlight
  4. ^ https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/121674/The_Ship_Dev_All_But_Dissolved_Just_Prior_To_Release_of_Next_Game.php
  5. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/news250406theship
  6. ^ https://www.gamezone.com/news/merscom_to_publish_the_ship_in_north_america/
  7. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2007/09/05/work-begins-on-the-ship-2
  8. ^ http://www.shacknews.com/article/56137/rumor-the-ship-2-hollywood
  9. ^ https://www.engadget.com/2010/09/02/bloody-good-time-source-engine-fps/
  10. ^ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2010-10-14-uk-dev-outerlight-all-but-dissolved
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20150131012308/http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/10/04/interview-we-chat-with-outerlights-co-founder-about-bloody-goo/
  12. ^ https://kotaku.com/5876693/every-game-studio-thats-closed-down-since-2006
  13. ^ http://www.shacknews.com/article/76459/the-ship-full-steam-ahead-launches-kickstarter
  14. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-25-the-ship-sequel-heads-to-kickstarter
  15. ^ https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/11/01/the-ship-sequel-sets-sail-on-kickstarter/
  16. ^ http://www.pcgamer.com/the-ship-2-cruising-to-kickstarter-on-halloween/
  17. ^ https://www.polygon.com/2012/10/29/3570978/the-ship-2-full-steam-kickstarter-oct-31
  18. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-31-the-ship-full-steam-ahead-kickstarter-asks-for-128k
  19. ^ https://www.polygon.com/2013/1/3/3831640/the-ship-sequel-depends-on-steam-greenlight-after-kickstarter
  20. ^ http://www.pcgamer.com/the-ship-full-steam-ahead-greenlight-kickstarter/
  21. ^ https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/06/12/the-ship-hd-announced/
  22. ^ http://www.pcgamer.com/the-ship-remasteds-early-access-plans-detailed/
  23. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-02-23-the-ship-remastered-launches-on-steam
  24. ^ https://www.hardcoregamer.com/2016/02/29/attending-the-murder-party-of-the-ship-remasted/195103/