We love them, you love them - all god's children love Denki. They're perky and nice and make lovely games. They're also a design and development power house, with nearly 180 titles under their belts since the company formed in 2000.
That's coming up for two hundred games. We've been racking our brains and we still can't think of any other developer that can come even close to that amount.
Anyway, Denki have not been resting on their laurels, throwing ideas for new Cartoon Network games back and forth and enjoying the occasional 'bon mot'. No, they have just announced a fairly major restructure which will put the company firmly at the forefront of all that is interesting in the mainstream games sector.
Denki's External Development Team (EDD) will carry on doing games for Sky and DIRECTV and working on some of the biggest licenses in the world. They'll be headed by Richard Ralfe.
The newly created Internal Development Team (IDD) will focus on creating new and original concepts, which can roll out into all of the interesting new channels for gaming such as the virtual consoles, PC's, online, mobile and the next generation of gadgets which can play games.
This team is headed by official games legend and well known design advocate - the sophisticated and deeply fascinating Gary Penn.
That in itself is cause for joy and celebration. All of the Denki goodness, but coming to new platforms and based on their own concepts and ideas.
However, it is better even than that, since the recent visits to our fair shores from various journalist types means that we've seen some of the new games in action and they are - quite simply - astonishing. Lovely, simple, fun, clever and generally super in every way.
We'll be badgering Denki for details and information on all of their new titles - plus their ongoing work in the digital TV sector - on an ongoing basis and as soon as we're allowed to show or tell anything - you dear readers - will be the first to know.
The full press release can be found after the link...
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Dundee, UK, September 8th, 2008. Denki, the award-winning Scottish game developer today completed a radical restructure, which builds on the company's success to date and positions Denki at the forefront of the rapidly evolving videogames industry.
Denki has set up a new Internal Development team, which will focus on the creation of new and original intellectual property across all platforms.
This team will build on the work of Denki's existing External Development team, which over the past eight years has created over 170 individual titles for digital television alone. This makes Denki one of the world's most prolific games studios, a leader in interactive digital television (iDTV) gaming and a trusted content developer for many of the world's largest media companies and brand owners including Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Hasbro and DreamWorks.
The new Internal Development team is lead by Gary Penn, industry veteran and official games legend. The External team is lead by Richard Ralfe, who has led development on over 100 Denki games.
Colin Anderson, the managing director of Denki, said, “The games market evolves incredibly quickly worldwide. New technologies, new routes to market and new devices capable of playing games are appearing all the time. This gives developers an amazing opportunity to reach whole new audiences and create entirely new types of game. Denki has pioneered accessible gaming over the last eight years, through the televisions in people's homes. We're now moving forward to ensure we can use this experience and expertise to work in all of the other broad, accessible channels in which people are now finding and playing games.
“By creating two dedicated development teams, we can continue our award winning work on digital television, designing and developing playable, popular titles for our partners. At the same time we ensure that we have a constant flow of new concepts and ideas from our designers, which will give Denki an unrivalled portfolio of original content for all of the new platforms, devices and channels where people play.”
The Internal team's focus is the creation of new genres and styles of gaming, which can work across all of the new devices capable of playing games, including the virtual consoles, PC's, handhelds, mobile phones and other consumer gadgets.
Denki's Internal development team is already working on a wide range of original new titles covering an incredible range of genres and game styles. These include, a single-button action/puzzle title in which the player controls a hot-air balloon. A cartoon-style strategy game - with a unique spelling and word-creation twist, described as a 'Risk-style strategy game, in which words are your weapons'. A new skill game in which players must build tanks and military vehicles, which are then thrown into battle; as well as whole host of other titles, which we're having trouble even describing – all of which will be announced in the near future.
Gary Penn, head of Denki's Internal Development team, said, “The new titles from Denki incorporate many new and different styles of play. Some offer different takes on existing game types, while others give the player something wholly new. The internal development process encourages every Denki employee to create and submit new concepts and has already brought some really interesting new ideas to light. This gives us a chance to play with some unorthodox ideas, which are working their way into a number of new titles that are very unusual and enjoyable. The market is at the perfect point for new types of content. Even experienced players are realising that games can be fun and original. We're really looking forward to introducing people to our new titles.”
Richard Ralfe, head of Denki's External Development team, said, “Denki is now recognised as a world leader in the development of branded and original iDTV games, which have proven themselves incredibly popular time and time again and provide real long-term enjoyment for audiences worldwide. We're enormously proud of the work we've done to date. With more and more people now realising they can play and enjoy games on their TVs, we're looking forward to working with both our existing and future customers on projects such as iPTV. Denki's expertise and understanding in these areas is already delivering dividends for our partners as they explore these new areas.”
Denki has achieved a huge amount of recognition since it was established in 2000. Most recently, the company received the TIGA 2007 BEST INDEPENDENT DEVELOPER award, for the greatest contribution to independent game development in the UK. The company has also received multiple awards and award nominations – including BAFTA nominations for individual titles.
Since 2000, Denki has released over 170 individual titles for interactive Digital Television, across both MediaHighway and OpenTV platforms. These titles have covered all genres, including puzzle, action/adventure, education, word, arcade, sports, quiz, parlour, time management, rhythm/action and shoot-em-up games.
The company has worked, either directly or through its partners, with almost all of the world's largest media companies, brand owners and content publishers, including Disney, Universal Studios, Celador, Endemol, Hasbro, Atari, Aardman, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, Namco, Sky Sports, The Tetris Company, Channel 4, Eidos and Mattel.
For more information on Denki visit: www.denki.co.uk
Notes To Editors:
Formed in March 2000 by four veterans of the computer games industry, Denki creates digital toys and games for all types of entertainment platforms.
Based in Dundee, Scotland, Denki currently has 20 employees, split over two departments. The External Development team has responsibility for branded and licensed titles and has released over 170 games for digital interactive television. The company's Internal Development team is responsible for generating original game concepts and prototypes, as well as extending Denki's existing catalogue of original titles across all of the new and emerging games platforms.
Denki is creator of the multiple award-winning Denki Blocks! puzzle game; winner of 'Overall Best Game of the Show' and 'Best Handheld Game of the Show' at the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) 2001. Denki Blocks! was also nominated for a BAFTA award for best Mobile Game in 2002. The game perfectly demonstrates the company's skills in creating original Intellectual Property and exploiting it across multiple technologies.
Denki was one of the first companies in the world to begin developing games for interactive digital television channels such as those operated by DirecTV and Cablevision in the US, Bell Telecom in Canada, and Sky Television in Europe. Since the company was founded, Denki has created over one hundred and seventy (170) titles for digital TV networks, including many premier brands owned by the biggest media companies in the world, such as Disney, Universal Studios, Celador, Endemol, Hasbro, Atari, Aardman, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, Namco, Sky Sports, The Tetris Company, Channel 4, Eidos and Mattel.
Denki's External Development team has built an excellent reputation for taking top brands - which have already proven popular with audiences in other media - and translating them into successful interactive TV titles aimed specifically at a mainstream audience.
Denki treats each and every brand with enormous care and respect, ensuring their hallmarks are retained within the interactive versions.
This results in Denki always being in demand from game publishers, brand owners and intellectual property creators who know their products will be of the highest standards.
Denki’s External Development team is always happy to meet brand owners and media companies with properties they wish to bring into the interactive entertainment market
Denki’s Internal team is now rapidly building a portfolio of original titles encompassing a huge range of different game styles and designed to work across all current and emerging gaming platforms.
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