Fruit Ninja Development Moves To Sydney As Part Of Interactive Media Fund: Technology
Fruit Ninja maker joins $3 million NSW Government scheme
By Michelle Hammond
The next edition of the highly popular Fruit Ninja app will be developed at Halfbrick Studio’s new Sydney office as part of the NSW Government’s new $3 million Interactive Media Fund.
Halfbrick Studios, maker of the app, is a video game developer based in Queensland. Fruit Ninja was initially released for Apple devices but also operates on Android OS devices.
It recently surpassed more than 100 million downloads across these platforms. It’s believed the low cost of the game, combined with addictive gameplay, are the reasons behind its success.
Now it’s been revealed the next edition of the game will be developed in Sydney, with Halfbrick Studios opening a new office in Sydney as part of the Interactive Media Fund, a new initiative of the NSW Government.
“Fruit Ninja will now grow even bigger with a new project to be led by a recently-formed Sydney team,” NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said in a statement.
“Sydney-based developer Aidan Millott and colleague Dale Freya are currently hiring a new team of talented games developers for the new Halfbrick Sydney studio.”
“The new Sydney team will develop the next evolution of the Fruit Ninja games franchise. The new game will involve players launching a series of fruit to knock ninjas off their towers in a 3D world, with each fruit having special powers.”
“The game, due out in 2012, will initially be developed for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system but will later be provided for other platforms including Android.”
Stoner said the Interactive Media Fund will provide $3 million over two years to support creative digital content, including electronic games and transmedia projects.
“The global digital games market is expected to more than double to $53 billion by 2016 and mobile gaming to triple to $17.5 billion,” he said.
“This fund will… be increasingly important in developing serious business and education tools, as well as entertainment games like the latest Fruit Ninja project.”
Other Interactive Media Fund projects include:
The new programmers will develop Nnooo’s new game escapeVektor for the Nintendo 3DS and PC/Mac or Playstation Vita.
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