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Sheffield firm bigs up Little Britain

Gamesauce, the Sheffield-based video game developer, has teamed up with three other creative and digital businesses in Yorkshire to launch a video game version of cult comedy Little Britain.

Gamesauce, the She-ffield-based video game developer, has teamed up with three other creative and digital businesses in Yorkshire to launch a video game version of cult comedy Little Britain.

The game is the brainchild of Leeds-based Gamerholix, who called in Gamesauce to develop the title, Wakefield-based Pit Stop Productions to write the music and record the voices of the show's stars Matt Lucas, David Walliams and Tom Baker, and Bradford-based Four Door Lemon to create the sound engine for the game.

The Sheffield firm, which was founded in 2002, has a strong programming team, made up of industry veterans, and in addition to carrying out sub-contract design work also develops its own games and has created vocal and audio analysis software for music and rythm games.

It also boasts significant expertise and technology for use developing games for the Nintendo DS hand-held games console, which it plans to exploit to the full in the coming year.

Gamesauce managing director Bryan Reynolds said: "Being such a well loved and high-profile franchise, the Gamesauce team was delighted to be chosen to develop the multiformat Little Britain game.

"We're now looking forward to using the robust and proven technology on further titles in the coming year."

Gamerholix managing director Elliot Gay said his company wanted to use as much regional talent as possible and highlighted the role Game Republic, the association of Yorkshire-based video games businesses, in helping Gamerholix to achieve that aim

"This is the first in what we hope will be a long line of commercially successful games using our new business model," said Mr Gay.

"And in outsourcing much of the work to Yorkshire-based companies such as Gamesauce we hope to raise industry awareness of the Game Republic brand as well."

Gamerholix also involved another celebrated York-shire game developer, Charles Cecil, managing director of York-based Revolution Software, which is famous for its Broken Sword adventures, in helping to direct the development of Little Britain.

Little Britain: The Video Game is published on Mastertronic's Blast! label – the leading video game company whose products are aimed exclusively at the younger children's market.

It goes on sale for PlayStation2 and PC on Friday and a version for the PlayStationPortable will be available in the spring.

 
 
 

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