Go to Staffordshire University home page

Staffs entrepreneurs set to launch first PC game

“I’ve teamed up with some brilliant people from university to do what I’ve grown to love over the past couple of years and our aim is develop a game to call our own and build a studio which can support us and our future ideas.”

Benjamin Dixon, Staffordshire University

Game designers from Staffordshire University have cranked up anticipation for the launch of their first PC game with the release of its official trailer.

The release is the first to come from Ludorum Studios, a new studio based in Stafford launched by five computer games design students from Staffordshire University.

The game - Ascension: Arenas of War - mixes a traditional first-person shooter platform with skill based tasks and offers a diverse range of unique game modes.

Benjamin Dixon, 22, from Gloucestershire, who is in third year of a BA (Hons) Computer Games Design and Programming degree at Staffordshire University, said: “I’ve always wanted to work for myself and the games industry seemed like a natural fit for me as I’ve always had a passion for games and constantly come up with ideas I think are worth pushing into development.

“I’ve teamed up with some brilliant people from university to do what I’ve grown to love over the past couple of years and our aim is develop a game to call our own and build a studio which can support us and our future ideas.”

“We are focused on making fun, enjoyable games and not to limit ourselves within a particular genre, but working upon the principle that a good idea is worth exploring.”

The team received support from the university’s Enterprise and Commercial Development team and funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Oliver Cooke, 24, from Stoke-on-Trent, says the support the company has received has been a great benefit to the group,  “This was our first proper taste of development from start to finish and being able to work within a single office environment has encouraged a creative and collaborative spirit.

“At every stage we have been able to discuss designs, concepts and where the project has been going and grown into our roles together.”

Stuart Brown, who is Head of IP and Commercialisation in Enterprise and Commercial Development, said: “Ludorum Studio’s received support from ECD as part of Staffordshire University’s commitment in helping support start-up businesses and encouraging enterprise, innovation and growth in Staffordshire.”

The team aim to release Ascension: Arenas of War for Windows PC’s this autumn while completing their final year at university.

  • Photographed: Ludorum Studios; Benjamin Dixon, Oliver Cooke, Thomas Jarvis, Steven Peake, Valentin Macau 

Contact

Maria Scrivens
Press Manager
Marketing and Public Relations
E200, Blackstone Building
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DE
t: +44 (0)1782 294375
m: 07766 520339
e: m.c.scrivens@staffs.ac.uk