Belfast Telegraph

Game company hoping for Culture win

By Margaret Canning

A new game released today by a games development company in Derry is promising much “gun-toting aerial tomfoolery” to users.

Dark Water Studios, which employs 15 people, described Dogfighter as “a fast-paced arcade aerial combat game” which would be the biggest computer game ever to emerge from Northern Ireland.

It will be released through PC digital distribution network Steam, and the company hopes an Xbox 360 version will be ready for release later this year.

Aaron Donaghy, developer at Dark Water Studios, said: “With more than 20 different weapons, three multiplayer modes, six single player modes, seven unique craft and five unique environments, DogFighter offers more gun-toting aerial tomfoolery than you can get in other games.

“Players can look forward to additional content including new maps, craft, and weapons in the coming months.”

But Mr Donaghey said there were not enough skilled gaming professionals in Northern Ireland to sustain the industry, with companies like Dark Water having to look overseas for senior staff.

He said if Derry was named UK City of Culture 2013, it would boost the profile of the city and help companies like Dark Water.

“When we are hiring a new member of staff, not only are we selling Dark Water Studios to them, but we are also selling Derry-Londonderry as a place to live.

“In many cases this can be as important as the company’s profile when attracting potential staff.

“If the city were to be named UK City of Culture 2013, it would do wonders for its image, the profile and positive image of the city.”

Belfast Telegraph