Housemarque Teams Up With Arcade Legend

Resogun-developers Housemarque announces a new game in production. And it’s being developed in partnership with arcade and pinball legend Eugene Jarvis.

 

Finnish developers Housemarque, announced this evening that they have partnered up with pinball- and arcade game legend Eugene Jarvis. The man behind games like Defender, Robotron, and Smash-Tv will be joining forces with the Helsinki-based developer, who themselves found inspiration for their latest succes, Resogun, in Jarvis’ arcade classic Defender.

Housemarques Defender-inspired hit Resogun was awarded Nordic Game of the year at the Nordic Game Conference last year.

Housemarques Defender-inspired hit Resogun was awarded Nordic Game of the year at the Nordic Game Conference last year.

The announcement was made during an arcade game panel at Kaarle XIII, a club venue in Helsinki, with Eugene Jarvis,  Lead Programmer on Resogun, Harry Krueger, and CRO of F-Secure and arcade enthusiast, Mikko Hyppönen.

 

It’s a quite unusual move, as Eugene Jarvis already has his own arcade game development studio, Raw Thrills, specializing in elaborate arcade games with plenty of custom hardware and cabinets. But it seems he made an exception in the case of Housemarque.

When I saw RESOGUN I couldn’t believe how these Housemarque guys took Defender to a new level. I wondered… what would happen if we teamed up? Mash up old school arcade with mad voxel tech and crazed nouveau Helsinki gamers… All I know now is that it is going to be explosive

 

There are no further details about the upcoming game at this point, but it seems safe to assume that the resulting game will have some form of inspiration coming from the classic arcade games.

 

Jesper K. Kristiansen

Multi-passionate game developer and journalist. Has been writing about the Danish games industry for more than ten years, and creating audio design for both Danish and International games for almost as long.

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