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Exclusive Sci-Fi DLC available in Pure Chess on Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet

29th July 2014

To coincide with the launch of the Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet in the US - VooFoo Studios Pure Chess is available to download today, along with the brand new Sci-Fi game pack - which will be exclusively available to Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet users at launch. 

Stardate -308425.460045662: set in a spectacular spaceship setting in what feels like mankind's final battle, prepare for a new kid of war - with futuristic chess pieces and breath-taking views of space.

Pure Chess has been optimised for Tegra K1 powered devices and is free to download from the Google Play and TegraZone Stores now. The Nvidia Shield K1 Tablet is due to arrive in Europe on14th August, so EU gamers will be able to get hold of Pure Chess, as well as this awesome new set then.Follow us on @RipstoneGames and the devs @VooFoo Studios for more updates and competitions! Come join in the conversation on Twitter #PureChess

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Pure Pool cued for launch on PS4 and Steam!

24th July 2014

After months of waiting, the time has finally come! VooFoo Studios Pure Pool will be shooting onto PlayStation®4 on 29th July in US and on 30th July in the Europe! It's also coming to PC via Steam on 31st July.

After the success of the critically acclaimed Hustle Kings on PlayStation 3, VooFoo Studios have honed their craft and taken hyper-realism to a whole new level with Pure Pool. Renowned for beautiful high definition graphics and silky-smooth gameplay, not only can players expect full immersion in a living, breathing pool hall, but the team at VooFoo have raised the quality bar higher than ever resulting in the ultimate pool game.Offering four game modes in single player from classic American 8 Ball to Killer and four challenges from Royal Rumble to Perfect Potter, players can refine their skills solo or relish in the challenges of full live online multiplayer – competing against the best in one-on-one matches and in global online and custom leagues.

Promising the most authentic pool experience outside of real life, Pure Pool not only boasts the most convincing baize and balls in pool simulation history – the game has been built from the ground up with the idea of connecting players.

Pure Pool tracks players’ individual gaming-styles – closely monitoring traits, ranging from the length of time it takes for a player to take a shot to the number of balls are potted in quick succession. This will create a unique DNA profile as they play, allowing gamers to take on AI interpretations of their friends and foes, no matter whether they’re online or not.  Players’ pool skills will be challenged to the maximum by weighing up against the DNA profiles of the development team or snooker, pool and gaming superstars.

Get ready for the most authentic pool experience ever witnessed from the comfort of the couch.

Follow us on Twitter @RipstoneGames and the devs @VooFoo Studios for more updates, competitions and join in the #PurePool conversation!

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Table Top Racing Under Starters Order For PS Vita!

22nd July 2014

WipEout Co-creator’s AAA micro combat racer is set for launch!

After months of hard work, litres of Red Bull and plenty of noodles, the amazing dev team at Playrise Digital are ready to unleash the ultimate version of Table Top Racing on the world! The game will be skidding onto the PlayStation Store on 5th August in US and 6th August in Europe, where it will be available to download for £4.99/ €5.99/ $7.99 on PS Vita. PS Plus subscribers can also look forward to discounts at launch too... horrah!

For those of you who don't know much about the game; Table Top Racing is a AAA micro combat racer that pits all manner of custom-made, miniaturised cars against one another. Welcome to a world of table top race tracks, over-sized obstacles and glorious power-ups. Table Top Racing may be miniature but don’t be fooled by its size! It comes complete with a full championship mode in single player along with quick play and drift modes and over 30 special events. Players can also look forward to full live online multiplayer and play with up to 4 friends online or locally.

The PlayStation Vita game has been improved from grid to chequered flag, making this the definitive version of Table Top Racing. Boasting a silky-smooth 60 FPS, enhanced environments, double the polygon count in the track geometry, double the texture resolution and superior handling; it’s not only the best looking version, it’s also best played on PS Vita. The Playrise Digital team have also taken full advantage of the Vita’s controls and rear touch features, allowing players much improved handling, proper racing controls and a rear touch view… this is powered up micro racing at its best!

The game has been developed by a crack team of some of the industries finest racer veterans. The team is headed up by ex-Sony Studio Liverpool game designer and co-creator of WipEout, Nick Burcombe as well as ex-Bizarre Creations folk, so it’s no wonder the game has already proven hugely successful on mobile – with over 5.3 million downloads to date.

"We believe that Table Top Racing for PlayStation Vita is the ultimate version of our award winning micro combat racer,” commented Nick Burcombe, CEO Playrise Digital. “The Vita has enhanced our game in so many ways with our favourite addition being the hugely improved multi-player mode. It's been an absolute pleasure working with Ripstone to bring this improved Table Top Racing to Vita gamers and we hope they enjoy playing it as much as we enjoyed making it."  

The good news is there's not long to wait now! Save the date people - it's going to be a good one :-) 

Join in the conversation on Twitter #TTRVita and follow us @RipstoneGames and @PlayriseDigital for game updates, competitions and general awesomeness!

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Ripstone Round-up: June 2014

09th July 2014

It's been a very busy month indeed here at Ripstone HQ!

As well as having three game launches on the horizon; we've had two team breakfasts, one food slam, two long-haul flights, two events, a road trip, a new pair of cowboy boots, countless cuppas and far, far too much MOAM. But we've loved every second and can't wait for what lies ahead this summer…

For those of you who may not already know we exhibited two games at E3 this year - VooFoo Studios Pure Pool on Xbox One and Steel Wool Games Flyhunter Origins on PS Vita, both of which received some fantastic feedback on the show floor. We also demoed Playrise Digital's Table Top Racing on PS Vita which inspired quite a bit of racer nostalgia, especially over on the Gamespot live stage.

E3 was particularly special for us this year as not only did it mark the third year we've attended as a company but it was also the second year (on the trot) that we've had multiple games present on the show floor. We had Steel Wool Games Co-founder Andrew Dayton with us too, which was the cherry on top! He gave journalists an insight into what life’s like making films at Pixar by day and running his own indie studio by night. He took time to explain first hand exactly what sets their forthcoming platformer Flyhunter Origins apart from the crowd.

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During E3 we also exhibited all three games at a rooftop indie games event in LA called The MIX.  The event is a great excuse for indies to come together and showcase their games in good company and eat barbeque food away from the noise of E3. We met some great people, sampled some cool games and good beer and what’s more; Pure Pool, Flyhunter Origins and Table Top Racing all went down tremendously well.

Our adventures across the pond culminated in us meeting a famous dog, travelling across the desert, and experiencing the bitter sweet delights of the Roulette table in Las Vegas. But none of this can even come close to the excitement we’re feeling right now as we approach our summer launches!

Exciting times ahead...

Summer 2014 is an exciting time for us and for the incredible development teams we work as Pure Pool, Flyhunter Origins and Table Top Racing will all be launching this summer.  We launched the Pure Pool trailer in the aftermath of E3 – which should give fans a nice inkling as to what they can expect to see when the game arrives this summer. And there’s plenty more awesomeness where that came from.

The Pure Pool Trailer was just the first of many stupendous things that we’ll be sending your way in the coming weeks. We’ll be making announcements as the summer continues so keep your eyes peeled for every last detail! You don’t want to miss a trick.

Be sure to follow us @RipstoneGames for all the latest game updates, competitions and all other kinds of awesomeness.

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Video of the Week: Balls out! New Pure Pool Trailer

27th June 2014

Many pool simulators have claimed to have cracked the game on console in the past, but VooFoo Studios' Pure Pool offers fans the greatest reason of all time to pick up a virtual cue – it’s the next best thing to real life pool. We exhibited the game earlier this month at E3, and everyone who got to experience it in action felt the effects first hand.

Now the rest of the world can see exactly what was turning heads in LA as a new video is released... http://buff.ly/1pWshog

VooFoo Studios has a growing reputation for superior game simulations with stunning hyper real visuals, from Hustle Kings to Pure Chess, and their latest opus raises the bar higher than ever. Launching on PC via Steam, Playstation®4 and Xbox One Pure Pool offers immediately accessible gameplay with high quality visuals and flawless physics, but there's so much more to it than that.

Join The Cue

Pure Pool is a socially connected game through and through and will immerse you in a bustling virtual pool hall packed with online players, all just itching to get racked up and take you on!  Be it in a one-off head-to-head or as part of one of many global online leagues.

However, the unique Pure DNA profiling feature even gives solo gameplay a social dimension, allowing you to practice your shots against friends in their absence by playing an AI interpretation based on their playing styles. Players will even be able to take on the developers, simply by downloading their DNA profiles – which will be free at launch.

Pure Pool will be available to download soon, but for now just feast your eyes upon what lies in store... and prepare for the most authentic pool experience from the comfort of your couch!

Follow us @RipstoneGames and the devs @VooFoo on Twitter. Keep a look out for Pure Pool updates, sneak peeks and competitions!

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  • Jack Knight Publishing Assistant

    Christmas ‘98 was when I got my first console, a PS1, and since then my love for games has grown and influenced me in a huge way. I started my career in games in 2012 working as QA for Team 17 in sunny Wakefield. As a Teamster I had the opportunity to work on the classic Worms series with some excellent industry veterans. Now I have traded my repro-rates for metadata and I’m here at Ripstone making a name for myself as a marketing man!

    In my spare time if I’m not enjoying a good gaming session, I’ll be bantering about football, honing my design skills in Photoshop and Illustrator, or lifting heavy things in the gym. The key to my heart is a large serving of deliciously unhealthy Mexican food!

  • Mark Pittam Assistant Producer

    I've been an avid player of games since the early 1980's. I used to visit WHSmiths on the weekends to stand in their store and play games Sinclair ZX81 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K until my parents could afford to purchase one for me.

    I started in the industry way back in June 1995 (myself and Phil started at SCEE as game testers), I stayed at SCEE until February 2014. Now, I am helping produce games with the cool gang at Ripstone and have a great time.

    My interests are varied but include gaming (of course!), astronomy, photography, travelling, drinking wine, camping, drinking wine (yep, I probably drink too much of it!).

  • Ami Langton PR & MARKETING MANAGER

    My games career started back in 2006 when I was employed as a cleaner at Bizarre Creations (BC). But I quickly swapped my duster for an Xbox360 pad; heading up BC’s PR department under Activision Blizzard. One minute I was mopping floors and the next I was meeting Stan Lee at E3! How Cinderella ;-)

    I've loved games since the days of Alex Kidd and I've been fortunate enough to work on franchises like James Bond:007, Blur, Geometry Wars and PGR alongside some of the finest talent in the industry. And I still am here at Ripstone!

    By day I'm a Games PR guru but by night I'm a singer in a Jazz-Blues-Soul band. I also love comics, Will Ferrell films and my ultimate heroine of all time is Ellen Ripley.

  • Michelle Senior PR & MARKETING MANAGER

    My first job in PR was at Disney Interactive Studios, it was a great start to my career working on franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, High School Musical and Lumines. I love working in the games industry and engaging with people that are passionate about what they do and the gamers that are passionate about what they play.

    In my spare time I love to travel, whether it's camping somewhere in the UK or living it up in a fancy hotel in Australia. I also enjoy baking, and I write my own food blog so I'm often found cooking up a storm in my kitchen on the weekend.

  • Mr Alfred 'Alfie' Bojangles HEAD OF BONES

    This is my first role in the games industry and I love it. My role is to keep check of all the bones and toys in the office & to make everyone smile. I also sit in on team meetings and make sure everyone keeps focused (on me!) & keep them motivated by licking their shoes. I act as a part-time security guard for the team (when I’m not sleeping, eating or playing) & will bark at anyone that comes in the office that I’m not sure about. 

    In my spare time I like running, playing with toys, trying to trip people over and taking regular naps. It’s a hard life being a dog and naps are a necessity!

  • Ste Griffiths SENIOR PRODUCER

    I'm passionate about the work I do and love supporting talented developers to realise their ambitions. I've been lucky enough to have produced a vast softography of titles over the past 15 years including games such as Stuart Little; the BAFTA award winning Buzz! and Buzz! Junior franchises; and most recently the PlayStation Vita launch title, Super Stardust Delta.

    Outside of work I'm a devoted husband and father of four. I enjoy watching films; fell walking; following Formula 1; attending church; and am a keen endurance runner completing my first marathon in 2011. I have a love of fast cars, and one day (hopefully soon) will own a Nissan GTR. Fact!

  • Phil Gaskell CREATIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

    I love games. Since the age of 10 it's all I ever wanted to do (except in 1986 when I wanted to be a fighter pilot), and I'm kinda banking on the prophecy that the geek will inherit the Earth! Having worked on over 50 games in my career so far, setting up Ripstone was the natural thing to do.

    Today I enjoy playing games as much as I did when I was in short trousers. More so actually. But when I'm not chasing trophies on my PS3 and PS Vita you'll find me playing football with my two little boys, or walking the Lake District fells with my friends.

  • Leo Cubbin MANAGING DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

    I've been in entertainment since 1983 when I was a fledgling music producer. In '88 I got a job at Radio City in Liverpool and 9 years later got my first games industry job at Psygnosis.

    After a spell at Codemasters I joined SCEE and worked almost exclusively on LittleBigPlanet from initial concept through to launch of LBP 2. The opportunity to set up Ripstone with Phil and the founders of Optimum Releasing is the highlight of my career so far and I'm really excited about the future. I'm a super-lightweight drinker and can always be relied on to get you back to your hotel at GDC.

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Everyone here loves playing games and we want to play our part in creating games that we can all be proud of. To make this happen, we need brilliant people who share our passion. That's why we're always looking for talented, ambitious and enthusiastic teams to work with and brilliant people to come and work with us.

  • Need a publisher?

    If you want a publisher that shares the same indie spirit as your studio then we'd love to talk to you. Ripstone does everything you'd expect from a traditional publisher, but with a twist. We believe indie devs need a more tailored, personal approach to their games and that the relationship between developer and publisher is the difference between a game that is merely good and one that is great. We always like to look at things differently and never focus on processes and procedures, but want to understand what you want and what you need to make great games.

    So, if you've got a great game and you want the world to be able to play it, let us see if we can help you.

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    If you want to join the Ripstone team check out the Team Talk area for details of available vacancies or check for updates on facebook and twitter..

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