This monthâ€™s Edge magazine contains a feature on Gamecock – an unfortunately named upstart publisher which plans to avoid sequels and licenses. The founders – ex-Take 2 employees Mike Wilson and Harry Miller – have five titles on the go at the moment at a variety of studios, some of which have worked on very big titles in the past.
Mushroom Men: The Spore War from Red Fly Studios is a B-movie style take on Pikmin starring a three-inch high fungus. Itâ€™s currently destined for â€œconsoles and handheldsâ€ and will involve warfare in household environments. Common household trinkets and rubbish can be recycled into new weapons and tools. Rather than being colourful and twee though, the artwork suggests a dark, gothic theme.
Dungeon crawler Hero is being handled by Firefly Studios – they of Stranglehold fame – and according to Edge they wanted to create this new IP instead of a sequel to the million selling Stranglehold. Why? Because it promises to be fun. Instead of entering a room with a chest at the end and a couple of enemies aimlessly waiting to be killed, youâ€™ll find yourself in a situation where the enemies are actually trying to make off with the loot themselves. Hopefully itâ€™ll do away with all the dungeon crawler traditions.
On DS and PC thereâ€™s Insecticide, which is being put together by people – Crackpot – who worked on LucasArt classics Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. This too is an adventure game, albeit one that features gunplay and multiplayer modes, set in the third-person. Itâ€™s not clear if itâ€™ll employ a â€˜point and clickâ€™ interface, but the artwork is reminiscent of Beyond Good & Evil.
Hail to the Chimp – from Wideload Games, and destined for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – is billed as a follow up to Stubbs the Zombie, but itâ€™s hard to see how – itâ€™s a beat â€˜em up cum party game with a satirical twist. Wideload chose to go with Gamecock due to their business model that allows all developers to keep the rights to their productions. They even waited a year for them to get their funding sorted.
The fifth title – Fury from Auran – is currently PC only and is an MMO combining FPS and RPG. Classes can be swapped during combat, interestingly.
Various videos and teaser trailers can be found over on Gamecockâ€™s website. And Iâ€™ve changed my mind: Gamecock is an absolutely brilliant name for a publisher.