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LAWRENCE, Kan., October 10, 2011 -- Fourfire, an independent
developer, announced its formation today. The new studio will be
dedicated to producing innovative and genre-defining iOS and
handheld games. Founded in Jayhawk country Lawrence, KS by Creative
Director Matt Cox, Fourfire’s first title “Sticky
Bees” will feature the studio’s vision to bring simple,
addictive and unique gameplay that satisfies both the casual crowd
and the hardcore gamer. Fourfire is now in alpha phase on their
Cox left the games industry in 2009 to pursue non-gaming
opportunities. With those efforts now in full swing, he is
re-entering the gaming industry with the same passion he had
working as a designer on Scribblenauts and the Destroy All Humans
franchise. "I want to take risks with genre-defining ideas. I love
designing gameplay that can be fun in small spurts, but has the
depth to hook my more hardcore gamer instincts."
Not just about the fun, the company plans to always donate a
portion of its profits to a variety of non-profit organizations
including Charity:Water, an organization dedicated to building
water wells for the one billion humans who don’t have access
to clean water.
“Although we love games, we realize it’s a first
world luxury. So if we could create games that are fun while
helping to bring healing and hope in the real world, that would be
the best type of ‘success’ to us,” says Cox.
Fourfire will capitalize on the strengths and decision-making
freedom of a small team of four. “With the iPhone - and other
popular handheld devices - the industry has witnessed a dramatic
shift with how small teams can make quality titles with the right
idea, execution and positioning,” says Cox. “We are a
team of four gamers with the fire to make great games for everyone
that have significance beyond the screen.”
Fourfire will release more details on “Sticky Bees”
www.stickybees.com) in the near future. Target
release is late November. Their web site (
www.fourfire.net) will be the first step in
establishing Fourfire’s presence in the gaming world.
“We’re excited for Sticky Bees,” says Cox.
“We think it will surprise all types of gamers.”