Torus Games

September 2014

Quiet Achiever

Torus’ latest title has been announced! Penguins of Madagascar will be released in November this year on Wii, Wii U and 3DS. We worked to a very tight schedule on this Nintendo-exclusive title and finishing it bang on time was a great achievement for our team.

Our most recent completed title, Falling Skies: The Game, released on 30th September. This title was published by Little Orbit in partnership with TNT.

Given the fact that most of our games are work-for-hire, and the sales of a game have no direct bearing on Torus, public exposure has been a bit of an Achilles heel for Torus in the past. If a game sells 50 copies or 500,000 copies, that’s the benefit of the publisher. As a developer, it’s a very rare circumstance that we see a royalty. But as long as our publishing partners were happy, we were happy, because that usually led to repeat business.

It was great to say that we’d worked on Carmageddon 3, or Duke Nukem, or Spider-Man, but those titles belonged to someone else. Public exposure is telling people great things about your products, your company, your games, yourself, and as we never needed to do that on an ongoing basis, it has made Torus a rather quiet achiever. None of that relates to the skill of the work captured in each of those titles, because there was always something brag-worthy or exciting to talk about for each of those projects. We just rarely sought that exposure.

We are often approached by individuals seeking investment in their ideas, and unfortunately we were never in a position to be able to fully fund a decent title of our own. Besides, if there’s one thing the games industry is not short of, it’s ideas!

Now that we’re closing in on releasing several of our own titles in partnership with Screen Australia, public exposure is something that becomes very necessary. The transition for us will be to switch from being an almost-silent partner into a chatty developer ready to talk about our games at every occasion.

Torus Games is a highly skilled and talented computer game development studio. We are positioned in the heart of the industry, developing products on all consumer platforms for the world's largest publishers. Torus' strengths include state-of-the-art cross-platform technology, commitment to quality and a veteran development team. Torus has delivered over 80 titles and over 140 SKUs for many happy customers.Follow TorusGames on Twitter
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